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Case Study – Steve Coba

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Steve went to see Southern Housing Group to ask if there were any job opportunities. As a resident of Samuel Lewis Trust, Lisgar Terrace Estate, Steve Coba was an ideal candidate to join the apprentices on the Lisgar Terrace Phase 1 regeneration project.

JBT subsequently inducted Steve into the Construction Programme, provided him with his tools and PPE and placed him on the site.


“From the minute I arrived on site, Durkan and Hanover were so helpful and supportive” says Steve.

Steve made a very good impression and as a result, after his 22 week Lisgar Terrace site placement on the programme went straight into full-time work with Hanover Electrical the subcontractors  retained by Durkan Ltd and Steve’s designated site supervisors.

Steve says: “Durkan and Hanover have helped me learn new skills I’ll be able to keep for life. I so appreciate everyone involved who has helped me along the way”.

Charlie Weeden, Director of Quality for Hanover Electrical and Mechanical Contractors, says: “It’s like taking part in the longest possible interview: after 6 months, we knew Steve was a strong bet – and he knew us”.  Steve Coba’s direct supervisor, Jack O’Regan is site foreman and was himself an apprentice when he started work with Hanover six years ago aged 16.


JBT had funded and enrolled Steve into his apprenticeship NVQ qualification framework with a mechanical trades training provider; we liaised with Hanover to ensure that they were happy with Steve continuing with his apprenticeship, which of course they were.

“Dear Charlie, Thank you for agreeing to employ Steve Coba from the Lisgar Terrace project I am sure you will find him to be a useful member of the team. His last day with JBT will be on the 17th January 2014. JBT will still fund his NVQ” wrote Joe. The reply from Charlie Weeden swiftly came.

“Joe, no problem at all. We are pleased that we can provide the opportunity for Steve to develop his career in the construction industry.”

Unfortunately the Training Provider we placed Steve with, went into administration before Steve’s 2nd year was about to start. JBT got in touch with Steve and found him a new training provider.

Steve is due to qualify Feb 2016, the last time we were in touch with Steve was the October just gone; as well as being his usual cheeky chappy self, he told us that all was going well for him and seems happy to boast that he was one of the 1st apprentices on the JBT Construction Programme.

JBT will of course monitor Steve’s progress until he qualifies and wish him continued success in his career.

Post Script

Steve went on to qualify as an electrician and go into work