When Port Seton schoolboy Marc McGovern left his sixth form class for the last time just over four years ago, he could have had no idea that by now he would be in charge of a M-Pact team of trades professionals and working on complex, hands-on projects.
But that has been the stellar career path of the ambitious and far-sighted 22-year-old since he joined up with fast-growing Edinburgh building services specialist M-Pact and threw himself wholeheartedly into the firm’s industry-leading apprenticeship programme.
After Marc gained a clutch of challenging qualifications, the Loanhead-based company was so impressed with his can-do attitude and maturity that he was entrusted with the position of site manager on a job at Kirkcaldy Fire Station, overseeing between six and eight other employees.
As the youngest site manager in the company, and quite possibly in the country, he is now gearing up for further training and further responsibility at M-Pact, which employs 65 people including electricians, plumbers, carpenters and joiners.
Connie Meylan, Operations Support Manager at M-Pact, said:
“Marc’s has been a remarkable success story, even by the high standards of the many talented youngsters who have come through our apprenticeship schemes. We have five people who started as apprentices still working for us and we have 11 apprentices and pre-apprentices in various stages of training, to ensure a continuity of skills coming through for the future.”
Marc, whose hobbies include personal fitness and motor sport, said:
“Teaming up with M-Pact was the best thing I have ever done. The company, from directors to co-workers, has been endlessly encouraging and has given me every opportunity to fulfil my potential.”
Marc left school in 2014 and spent three months undergoing trade aptitude tests before he was taken aboard at M-Pact later in the year. He became an apprentice carpenter and joiner, qualifying in 2018 and topping his training with a Site Manager’s Safety Training Scheme qualification.
He is now engaged on First Aid training and will be put forward for schemes involving mobile scaffolding and harness training such as the Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association courses.
Dean Stevens, Operations Director of M-Pact, said:
“It is quite unusual for someone to be given so much responsibility so early in his career, but Marc has displayed some unique personal qualities and has proved himself adept at picking up the skills he will need to advance. He will certainly be in the picture for upcoming projects and we are delighted to have been able to nurture such a special talent.”