Mick Turner - Fitter / Installer
I joined Sharps as a bedroom fitter in the early eighties and have been working here for approximately 36 years. At the time of joining, we had around 30 fitters. At present, we now have in excess of 300.
My job allows me to be based from home, which suits my lifestyle well. I currently live in the county of Derbyshire, have been married for 42 years, and with two children and 4 grandchildren, it’s great being able to see them around my work commitments.
Over the years I have not only been able to refine my carpentry skills, but I have been able to gradually work my way through the ranks, taking on additional responsibility.
My career with Sharps has also been very financially rewarding, too! It has given me the ability to train for and hold my private pilot’s license for many years now and I have even been able to build my own light aircraft – an Autogyro.
A typical day for me?
A typical days’ work for me is never boring – although in most cases an early 5.30am start is required! At the moment I am working between fitting customer orders, and on a part time basis running the training centre in Milton Keynes for our new fitters who join the company.
Although I really enjoy the additional role that I have been given, to me, nothing is more satisfying than beginning the day at a new installation, with nothing but a pile of materials and at the end of the job knowing I have created something beautiful that the customer loves.
What has Sharps given me?
Sharps has really given me the confidence to work on my own and travel all over the United Kingdom. I’ve made some brilliant friends and often chat to other fitters on the phone about particular installations we are fitting.
My advice to new fitters is always to be clean and tidy in your appearance and your work. Remember the job you are fitting, and respect the customer’s home. The more you put into the job, the more you will get out of it. Be self-motivated, particularly important as you will be working on your own, and always finish it to the best standard possible. Being a workaholic helps!
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