Glasgow-born Jason Pearson discusses his climb from apprentice joiner to senior manager during his 25 years with City Building, as the local firm unveils its new management development programme at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Jason, aged 42 and a father to five children, joined City Building as a school leaver in 1996 and has since progressed to his current role as Glasgow City Council (GCC) Divisions Manager at the construction company. With a number of training courses under his toolbelt, including a HNC in Construction Management and a SVQ in Construction Senior Management, Jason seized the opportunity for a place on the BA(Hons) Business Management course, which launched in 2021 and is currently attended by 15 other City Building employees.
Reflecting on his growth within the construction company, Jason praises the opportunities offered by City Building.
He said: “Over and above our in-house training programme, City Building is incredibly supportive of further education. It’s important to have a balance of skills and qualifications, especially when you progress through management levels, and expanding our skill set is definitely something we’re encouraged to do as City Building employees.
“I started the course in September of this year and it’s been a real learning curve so far. There’s a mix of online and in-person learning, so everyone can cater to their own needs. Between the 16 of us from City Building, we’ve found that we all have different ways of learning, but I’ve found time management to be essential.
“I have an idea of what I’d like my role to look like after the course. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but you’ve got to be optimistic and understand that recognised qualifications may lead to more career opportunities. That’s where my motivation comes from – I hope to strengthen my skills and knowledge for my current position, while also learning more about other areas of senior management and the wider industry. It’s a win-win, as this benefits City Building with more knowledgeable workers, and I have the opportunity to attain an honours degree.
“I’ve had a really varied and interesting career with City Building so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this next chapter takes me.”