What made you decide to work in public service building control?

In honesty I joined as an apprentice when I was 17 and knew nothing about building control, but after almost four years I am so glad I ended up doing this for my job.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

It's always different, so much variety in the projects we come across and always challenging situations which I love.

What’s a typical day like in building control?

Talking to builders whether it's booking inspections, giving technical advice etc., inputting and registering applications, pre-application advice, finance, fire risk assessments. The list goes on!

What qualification are you studying and why?

I've just completed the Level 3 in Technical Support. I wanted to do this as my first step to enable me to progress on to the Level 4 Building Control Surveying.

How are your studies positively affecting your day to day role and your career prospects?

They massively motivated me to go on and pursue the Level 4. I've never been more clear on what I want to do for a career.

What’s next for you in your career?

Hopefully the Levels 4 and 5 Building Control Surveying - I want to get out on site looking at all the projects we receive so I can see it at all stages of the process.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining LABC's qualification pathway?

If you want lots of variety and challenges in your job go for it. You will never get bored, plus there's nothing more satisfying than helping local residents achieve their dream goals on their homes. It's great seeing it come together.

Ciaran Ellis, Building Control Technician


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