Recently, Jon Charters-Reid took a trip back to York College, a case study was written around Jon's past:
In 1984 Jon Charters-Reid started his construction journey as an apprentice joiner, training at York College and working as an apprentice at York Minster where, a few months earlier, the infamous ‘great fire’ took hold of the roof of the south transept. Jon’s first working experience was on the massive repairs required at that time, marking the start of his career in the construction industry.
Says Jon: “When I came to College I was a kid from school who didn’t really have a clue. My tutors were so encouraging, they told me ‘you can do this’ and their belief in my abilities changed my whole outlook - I took on extra studies and achieved the HNC in Building which enabled me to progress to university to study a BSc in Building Surveying. After university I worked on housing and construction projects in and around Yorkshire and I continued my studies, becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Building Engineer and a CIOB Chartered Builder. My College tutors were mother and father to me, they got me to where I am today."
Jon is now the director of two successful surveying companies. He works hard to promote his business and is known affectionately as The Yorkshire Surveyor. On returning to York College to see the newly opened Construction Centre he said: “I am humbled to be back in College. I think students today are lucky to have this fantastic learning facility. I would advise students to follow their passion, doing what they enjoy. I feel strongly that attitude to work is really important and over time wealth becomes a bi-product of hard work. I look back with real gratitude for the encouragement I received whilst at College.”