Fixing a hole

Brennan Long

Dec 16 2016

Brennan Long

My name is Brennan. I’m 19 and live in Havant. I’m a Highways Maintenance apprentice working for Amey in Hampshire.

I became an apprentice after a 12 week traineeship plus placement, organised by Hampshire Futures, at Amey’s Petersfield Depot. As soon as I arrived at the depot I felt at home. The people were friendly and seemed to want to help me learn about working on the highways. After a few weeks helping in the stores I began to go out with a two man gang learning the basics of pot hole repairs, kerbing, tarmacking and lots more – it was full on but great stuff.

After my placement I felt I had learnt loads and I really enjoyed the work. I was really keen to get a full time job with Amey and I was lucky to be offered an apprentice position which started in October.

I travel by train everyday getting in to work by about 7.15am. I’m then allocated a gang, recently I have been working with Paul and Billy (who is a year 2 apprentice), and we are given our work for the day. We load up our van with the materials and equipment we need and off we go for the day. Most of the time we repair small jobs on the roads and pavements around the Petersfield, Havant and Liss areas however sometimes we might go to places like Winchester or Fareham to assist with an urgent job. We can normally do about 7 or 8 jobs before coming back to the depot at about 3.30pm. We then clean and tidy our vehicle and help keep the depot tidy.

It is really good to work in the open, going around Hampshire and making things easier for people using the roads. I must admit the work can be quite tough, I ached a lot in my first few weeks and when it rains it can be well - wet!

It’s still early days but I really enjoy the job and the people I work with. It’s great to learn and earn money. The other day I even helped Naomi House Children’s hospice as part of Amey’s community work - it’s really good the company supports charities.