Careers.

Established in 1956, Camerons is a Jersey based building contractor with over 60 staff and part of the Garenne Group. Our team is comprised of the most innovative and qualified professionals in the industry. We value individual responsibility, teamwork and commitment to continuous improvement.

The company currently employs trades people from a wide variety of backgrounds and we are very proud of our record in the employment of apprentices in a range of trades and of the continued training regime for all employees.

We are always looking to strengthen our team with trades people who are comfortable when faced with customers, and who share a common desire to provide high standards of work as part of a growing professional team.

If you are interested in knowing more about employment opportunities within Camerons please contact us or view the vacancies currently available on this page.


For more information about careers contact Margriet Barnes:

A Day In The Life.

Cher Teixeira

Describe a typical day at work: 

Due to the very nature of the construction industry I wouldn’t say there is a typical day, as no two projects are the same. The fluid nature of a building site means there are constant challenges and complications that have to be overcome. Day to day responsibilities of a Quantity Surveyor include anything from cash flow and cost value reports to arranging subcontractors and material orders.


What do you love most about working in your career area?

I love being able to get out and about on site and not being confined to a desk all day. There is also a real sense of achievement when you see the building come to life and knowing you were part of the team who contributed towards its success.


What training/qualifications did you undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I have a degree in Interior Design and I am in the final week of my masters in Quantity Surveying.


Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

I would encourage more women to consider a career in construction. There are huge misconceptions of the construction industry, which really aren’t true and I think women have a lot to offer the sector. There are a wide variety of roles and opportunities in the industry to suit most people’s strengths and interests and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge, being part of a team and dare I say it, job satisfaction.

Evan Kaye

Describe a typical day at work

It is difficult to describe a typical day at work, every day you have new challenges to face. I will always start off a day looking through notes that I’d written the evening before, this allows me to kick start my day knowing what sub-contractors need to continue the progress on site. 

Throughout the day whilst supervising operatives at work I will have to answer many questions, as well as giving operative the correct information they need to continue on site progress. Sometimes you may have obstructions causing progress on site to slow right down or stop, we will have to come up with solutions to overcome these to ensure we don’t lose much time with site progress.

At the end of the day I fill out a diary, in this I record what works each sub-contractor manage to complete during the day. 

On top of everything I need to make sure everyone is obeying the correct Health and Safety by wearing their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

What do you love most about working in your career area?

I love being able to work outdoors, and experience what it’s like working in different weather conditions. I like the great responsibility being a site manager holds and witnessing the different aspects which go into the structure of a building.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I completed my HNC Diploma in Construction in 2016. I am currently waiting to start my Degree in Construction Management, which will start in October 2017.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

It is worth getting some work experience in a few areas in construction, from different management roles to trades. This will give you a full insight to where you want to go with your career whether it be in construction or not.

Gareth Bisson

Describe a typical day at work

Arrive to site, direct operatives (both directly employed & subcontractors) as to daily tasks, answer any on site queries, reviewing works and monitoring against programmes. Produce reports & hold regular meetings both with design team & subcontractors. Undertake H&S requirements such as inspections of scaffold. Procurement of materials following the NBS, BOQ and drawings and if any doubt, issue documents requesting further information.

What do you love most about working in your career area?

The things I love most about working in construction and Project Management are the fact that not one day is the same. I also enjoy the every changing situations which occur and actioning a variety of items as and when they occur. I enjoy working with a wide range of different people and I enjoy the atmosphere that is created on site.

I also enjoy the programming / reviewing of the works and looking at alternative methods in which we can use to advance works or overcome obstacles.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

When leaving school at 17, I commenced working within construction. Since then I have done a variety of H&S training which allow me to be competent in my role as Project Manager.

Academically since working within construction I have undertaken my ONC & HNC in construction at Highlands College. I have then completed my degree through Highlands College / London South Bank which is a Bsc (HONS) in Construction Management.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

The full variety from day to day, the new people you work with & the new challenges face mean that I never get bored of coming to work!

Jack Robson

Describe a typical day at work

  • Coordinating construction works on site
  • Managing safety on site
  • Completing work within timeframes
  • Planning upcoming works
  • Managing site logistics and deliveries
  • Liaising with design team and client.
  • Updating programme

What do you love most about working in your career area?

  • It’s the right balance between working physically and mentally
  • If you stick at it, the possibilities are endless.
  • There will always be work in construction.
  • You can work all over the world.
  • Variety of work and environment
  • Build a lifelong career
  • Working in a team

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I am currently finishing off my ONC in construction.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

It’s not all dust and dirt, there is a professional side to building, and something you can be proud and passionate about. When I started out in construction I had no idea what I wanted to do for a full time career, but after being at it for around 2 and a half years I can tell you it is a satisfying and rewarding career path to go down. If you are thinking of a career in construction, you should go for it and apply.

Lee Le Viellez

Describe a typical day at work

No two days are identical, everyday sets up new challengers. However it usually begins with a cup of tea, then set up site ready for the work force to turn up. The day then continues answering queries and making sure the operative have the necessary information, drawings and levels to continue with progress on site. As well as checking completed work and filling out Quality Assurance documents to monitor the structural integrity of the building. 

What do you love most about working in your career area?

Working outdoors is a bonus, although sometimes the weather is not so kind. Also watching a project grow from a peg in the ground to a completed structure is very satisfying. 

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I started with BTect level 3 in construction and completed that in 2015. I’m currently on my final year of the HNC Diploma in construction management. Once this is completed I am hoping to start a degree in construction management in September/October 2017.

Equally as important I have site experience working with several qualified Site Engineers and Managers. 

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

Consider contacting contractors for any information on your chosen career, and the possibility of any work experience. This is always a bonus to get first-hand experience to ensure your chosen career is suitable for you.

Mark O Shea

Describe a typical day at work

Busy, to say the least. First thing in the morning I inspect site and ensure that all sub-contractors are clear on what work must be carried out that day. Also with that I will do a health & safety walk around and inspection. Following that I will start doing some paperwork; H&S, emails, programming, planning the next 2,3,4,5 months of the project and regularly attend progress meetings. Regular reporting to the client, dealing with Architects, Engineers, Building Control and Local Authorities, to name a few, are also part of my typical day.

What do you love most about working in your career area?

Seeing the completed project and to be proud of what has been achieved. A lot of days can be extremely stressful but when all is said and done, you can stand and look at where all the hard work has gone, it’s very satisfying.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I am currently completing my last year degree in Construction Management which will be a great relief and achievement. Over the last 2 years I have also completed the following:

  • Degree as above
  • Foundations of management training
  • First Aid
  • Scaffold Inspection
  • Delivering Construction Performance through BIM
  • SMSTS – Site Management Safety training Scheme
  • Asbestos Awareness

It is also important to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and the use of email.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

If someone is like minded to myself in that they enjoy planning ahead, managing and working with many different people from all parts of the world then a career in Construction Management may be the way forward.

Construction is not watch making, no 2 buildings are the same and this is where the challenges lie. Don’t get me wrong, it can be stressful, but the reward of seeing that finished product more than make up for it.

Matthew Poole

Describe a typical day at work

My typical day would largely consist of organising and managing sub-contractors on site and liaising with architects & clients regarding design and implementation of the drawings. I would also report against programmes, oversee deliveries, and control the day to day running of the construction site. Depending on the nature of the job, I may be involved with the engineering and setting out as well, which I enjoy.

What do you love most about working in your career area?

No project is the same! You can take things you have learnt and problems you have overcome from one job into the next one which is invaluable, but you are always faced with new challenges that you need to deal with, which is a chore at the time but a great sense of accomplishment when you resolve them. In that sense, I’m never bored! Unlike other job roles, once a project is completed you have something tangible put your name to.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I completed by A Levels at Victoria College and started working for Camerons after deciding against University. Once I started they enrolled me onto the four year Construction Management Course at Highlands College, partnered with London South Bank University. I have completed the two year HNC Diploma and am now in my final year of the Degree.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

 Something I did not know before getting into construction was the amount of opportunities it opens up. The knowledge you learn from running a building site can be taken into a variety of different industries. With a degree in construction management you can travel the world and always find work. You will develop a set of skills that not many people have and can be used to your advantage

Nathan Birch

Describe a typical day at work

  • Liaising with the client and discussing scope of works / changes
  • Marking out & Setting out work for personal to undertake.
  • Updating Programme and durations of works. Planning weeks in advance.
  • Monitoring Quality Control with workmanship
  • Ordering Materials
  • Health & Safety daily inspections.
  • Prioritising workload.

What do you love most about working in your career area?

  • Creating relationships with clients.
  • Being responsible for the entire project and being the point of contact.
  • Working with in a team environment.
  • Having the combination of office work and outside work.
  • Observing a flat piece of land at the beginning then 18 months later a functioning property having been built that can cater for a family.
  • Calculating deadlines and meeting them.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

  • City & Guilds Carpentry / Joinery Level 1 – 3
  • Advanced Joinery Level 4
  • Higher National Certificate in Construction
  • BA Honours in Construction Management

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

If construction management is the career that one is looking to adopt then I strongly suggest an apprenticeship route to pave the way in developing the key fundamentals required in this industry. I agree paper work and certificates are extremely important however, practical on the job experience from a young age is invaluable. Finally coming through from an apprenticeship back ground enables respect levels from older peers to be achieved easier due to practical experience haven been undertaken.

Nick Turner

Describe a typical day at work

It’s difficult to describe a day’s work as every day is different. That is the beauty of working in the construction industry because no day is the same; you face different obstacles every day and you can never anticipate how a week will pan out. There are areas in the industry where you can pre-determine what a typical day will be like, but working as a Design Manager you work in all areas of design throughout the entire project so I am constantly engaged in different areas of design each day.

What do you love most about working in your career area?

The most satisfying thing about being a Design Manager is being part of the progression of design from start to finish. The whole design process can sometimes take months to come to a conclusion and in other aspects can be over and done with within a matter of weeks. It’s that progressive nature of working in this area that I love and seeing something that was once drawn on a bit of paper being installed onto the building.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

I studied Architectural Engineering and Design Management at Loughborough University whilst working at various construction companies in the island during the holidays throughout my university course.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

I would say keep an open mind when thinking about working in construction, there are so many different areas to work in and it is difficult to determine what you want to do during the early days. I wasn’t sure what area I would be best suited in, but once my course started I was able to direct my studies into working in Design Management.

Ruaraidh Watson

Describe a typical day at work

Days are generally quite varied. On any given day I could be working on procurement, scheduling and buying materials and preparing and issuing subcontract documents. I can be measuring on site to value sub-contractor’s works in order to pay them and ensure Camerons are paid from our clients. I can work on internal financial forecasting for the company or client cash flow projections for the duration of a given project.

What do you love most about working in your career area?

What I love most about quantity surveying, and construction management in general is the variety and challenge that comes with the industry. Each project and varying construction teams can provide their own issues and difficulties which will need to be overcome. The pace of working on a live project can be exciting and it rarely feels like I am working ‘the same job’, day in, day out.

Studying and learning the more complex elements of my profession provides challenges every day which makes the job much more enjoyable.

What training/qualifications did your undertake for your current role or are you currently studying?

  • City & Guilds 2357 in Electro-technical Technology (Electrical Installations) - complete
  • BTEC Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment - complete
  • Bsc Quantity Surveying Degree – currently undertaking

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of a career in construction?

I would advise anyone thinking of taking up a career in construction to research the variety of jobs and career routes available. There are so many challenging and diverse jobs available that people, especially younger people, might not be aware of what potential there could be for a career in construction; whether it be in architecture, engineering, quantity surveying, site/project management, health and safety or on site work as tradesmen.

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