Former REL apprentice celebrates senior promotion

Sean promotion

Sean Corcoran, an REL electrician who joined the firm as an apprentice aged 16, has been promoted to Operations Manager.

In his new role, Sean will be acting as the main point of liaison with the client’s project team and REL’s own site installation teams ensuring that work is delivered effectively and efficiently.  Current schemes include a £2.5m electrical contract at a new £65m educational and residential scheme in central London, an electrical contract at a £11.5m secondary school expansion in Essex, the delivery of a £1.76m design-and-build contract for a commercial building in central London, and the electrical works at a £25m leisure development.

Sean joined REL’s apprenticeship scheme just four days after leaving school. He qualified four years later and has worked his way up the ranks ever since, becoming a site manager in 2010 Now aged 33, he has worked on some of REL’s largest projects spanning the education and commercial sectors.

He said: “I’ve worked at REL for 17 years now and haven’t looked back since first joining. It’s a family-owned firm so culturally it’s very supportive and everyone gets on well. There’s also a huge variety of work which means it never gets boring. From army barracks through to schools, offices and leisure centres, the work is really varied and every day is different.

“This promotion is another feather in my cap and I’m looking forward to the extra responsibility and taking the next step up on the career ladder.”

Toby Buckley, REL’s managing director added: “Sean has proven himself to be a very skilled electrician who’s always been eager to learn and develop his career, playing a key role in often complex and time critical projects.

“This is a very well deserved promotion that is testament to his hard work over the years and ability to turn his hand to the management side of the job, ensuring we continue to deliver work to the highest standards.”

REL has been running an apprenticeship scheme for more than 50 years, including electricians and plumbers. The company pays for college fees and continues to pay apprentices while they take time out to study. Each one is provided with a mentor who provides on the job training and supervision and help with the assessment process. 

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