Worker Raises the Bar for Himself
The EMBERS Staffing Solutions Employee of the Month program is made possible by our friends at Home Depot. They supply winners with $100 worth of tools and equipment to help them on their journey to becoming economically self-sufficient.
Preston was recently selected as our January 2018 Employee of the Month! Personable, calm, and diligent, Preston works hard to support his young twins, whom he loves very much. We chatted with him to learn more about his experience working with EMBERS Staffing Solutions.
What were you doing before EMBERS?
I was living in shelters and looking for steady work. I have worked in Vancouver’s construction industry for 22 years, since I was 14.
How did you hear about EMBERS?
I worked here and there, but I didn’t have anything steady. One day, someone from EMBERS came into the shelter where I was staying and offered people a job setting up the tennis bubble for $15 an hour. That was three months ago and I’ve been working at EMBERS ever since.
What is your favourite part of working with EMBERS?
I love the system of advances here, and love that you can borrow equipment. I enjoy doing skilled labour for EMBERS, and I am a good, experienced worker in construction.
How are you finding your placement with ICON West Construction?
I love the site I’m working on. I have a good relationship with two of the main guys, my supervisor and his supervisor. I want to follow my site supervisor to whatever site he works on. I am going to ask him to train me as a junior site super. He likes me a lot and knows that I’m honest and responsible.
Why do you want to become a site supervisor?
I have been watching and working with site supers for over 20 years, and I always knew that I could motivate people and make them feel appreciated. If you can do that, you can get so much done, and everyone will be happy.
Have you done any training yet? How has your experience been?
I have signed up for Zoom Boom training. That training will give me the skills to operate the Zoom Boom and the Bobcats. I already have Forklift and Fall Protection. Then I’m going to do my part, and get my driver’s license.
If you tell people about EMBERS, what do you say?
I always tell people that if you are looking for work, you need to get your butt down there. Everything here is perfect: the advance situation, the jobs you get, the pay system, the equipment. Especially the free gloves, that’s a biggie. I am going to buy all my equipment eventually. I just got to keep working hard. The EMBERS staff are also really nice.
How has EMBERS helped you in your career development?
EMBERS has helped me by giving me my job, giving me free training, and giving me a raise. I am confident that my job will lead to big things: I just have to play my cards right, do the right thing, continue working hard and being professional.
Congratulations for being our January Employee of the Month, Preston!