Newly promoted Assistant Engineer 22 year old William Mpoka, who lives in Stoke Heath, Coventry, is a shining example to the city’s young graduates of what you can achieve early in your career through commitment, hard work and determination.
South African born William, who only came to live in the UK when he was twelve years old, attended an employment open day five years ago organised by housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat in North East Coventry. Following that he was offered a six week placement in Keepmoat’s Land and Partnership department to gain experience for his Business Administration course at Henley College. But the placement proved so successful that Keepmoat offered him a job and he has been working there ever since.
William has spent time in Keepmoat’s Construction, Engineering, Commercial, Technical and Home Sales departments to understand the housebuilding cycle. The company has supported William’s education to expand his knowledge and passion for engineering in particular, and give him the skills to progress in the sector. His commitment has paid off, having recently completed his HNC in Civil Engineering and been promoted to the role of Keepmoat Assistant Engineer too.
He’s already working on a range of different schemes across the Midlands including Keepmoat’s developments in Cannock, Telford, Coleville and Stoke on Trent. In Coventry Keepmoat is into phase three of Spirit Quarters - a £360m housing redevelopment scheme to build 3,300 new homes in Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm and Deedmore.
William comments: “I never thought attending the open day with my friends would have resulted in such a good outcome.”
He continues: “I was voted Keepmoat Homes Trainee of the Year a few years ago which I was delighted with. The support they have given me is such a bonus and enabled me to take the next step towards professional qualifications for what I hope will be a long-term career in engineering and construction.”
Paul Degg, Keepmoat’s regional homes managing director, adds: “William impressed us from the moment we met him. When he started, he couldn’t drive and had to get a bus and two trains each way just to get to our office in Coleshill each day. Since then he has jumped at the chance to take part in every bit of training available to him.
“He has been consistently praised for his hard work, drive and ambition as well as his enthusiasm and desire to learn. His attitude sets a fine example for many young people considering their options, especially in the current market. William is a great ambassador for the company and we hope others will follow in his footsteps to choose a career in the construction industry. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him.”