Construction Ready and On-the-Job Training Have Given Samuel Kwushue a New Career Perspective
When Samuel Kwushue signed up for Construction Ready, he had a specific purpose in mind.
“I want to be a builder,” says Samuel, a native of Nigeria who immigrated to the U.S. in 2006. “My plan is to buy houses and tear them down and rebuild them. To do that, you have to really know what you are doing, and that was what brought me into the construction industry.”
While Samuel gains the skills and experience to realize his dream, he’s found a career he enjoys right now. Currently employed by Sunbelt Rentals Scaffold Services, he drives a forklift and serves on the company’s safety committee.
“I used to see scaffolding everywhere, but I didn’t know how these things were put together,” Samuel says. “Now, even though I am not in the construction industry per se, I’ve come to understand that scaffolding is very important to construction.”
Samuel and his family moved to New Jersey after being selected in a visa lottery. He initially worked in retail. After moving to Atlanta in 2008, he worked as a security guard. He learned about Construction Ready from a friend, Chima Okehie, who graduated at the program’s Westside Works location in 2018. Samuel enrolled and graduated with Group 26 in March 2019.
Samuel took an interest in safety as he was earning the OSHA 10 certification through Construction Ready. Upon going to work with Sunbelt, he sought ways to apply that training, and he’s since added the OSHA 30 certification, which he earned through Construction Ready PLUS in the fall of 2019.
“As soon as I got into scaffolding, I started thinking more about safety,” he says “I started pointing out certain things that needed to be done and things that we needed to adjust. [Construction Ready training] has opened my eyes to a lot of things. I am able to analyze what’s been done and if it’s right or wrong according to what OSHA wants. My career path in safety is helping me contribute to the success of the organization.”
Looking back on his journey, Samuel is full of gratitude – “first, to God,” he says, “and then to the man [Okehie] that He used to tell me about this program,” and to CEFGA for creating such an opportunity that has changed hundreds of lives.
“I’m building up,” Samuel says. “I’m gaining more knowledge and getting more field experience, which I never thought I would have, and that experience has taught me that I can move further in my career. I have a place to work where I can make a living and grow in the company. Perhaps if I had not gone through this program, I would be doing nothing.”
VIDEO: Samuel discusses the difference Construction Ready has made in his earning potential and knowledge of the construction industry. Learn more about Construction Ready at constructionready.us, and follow us on our YouTube channel to hear from more successful Construction Ready graduates.