December 9, 2021
Full of cheeky banter, Aliasger’s easy manner makes him approachable and an absolute joy to work alongside with.
For those of you that don’t know, Aliasger is the nephew of one of Interiors By Design’s Directors - Mohammed Essajee.
Read on to get the juicy details of what it is REALLY like for our young Kitchen Fitter/Carpenter/Floor fitter to work with family.
So, AliAsger - what was your inspiration for becoming a Tradesman?
So my Grandfather Yunus, used to own the Hardware shop in Wigston (Wigston DIY) and I started my career by working in the same shop.
Initially I wanted to do Physiotherapy but was given the opportunity to do an Apprenticeship through my Uncle’s (Hussein Essajee) Wigston based Flooring business - Floors By Design.
As part of my Apprenticeship, I gained a Level 3 Floor Fitting Qualification in Textile & Safety Flooring and went on to achieve a Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Qualification.
I started my Apprenticeship in 2016 and qualified in 2018 and have been working in the Trade ever since. Apprenticeships were a new thing at the time so I was studying whilst working, gaining valuable experience simultaneously.
I now fit kitchens and bedrooms for Interiors By Design Clients and have a good working rapport with both the Directors - my uncle Mohammed Essajee and Simon Colbourne.
After about 5 years in the Trade, which Tools would you never be without?
I would have to say my Festool Track Saw, my hammer, impact driver and combi-drill. Oh and I would never be without a box of 30mm screws!
What would you consider your Best investment in either tools, machinery or skills?
Without a doubt, my Festool Vacuum.
What advice would you give to anyone aspiring to become a Kitchen Fitter?
Invest in a Festool Track Saw - don’t go for a cheap one.
Stay focussed and be willing to work long days and hard hours.
What are the Pros and Cons for working with family?
Why would you NOT work with family?
To be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Any issues on site and I can call up to help with troubleshooting. If a job doesn’t go to plan then I will change or correct things to the best of my ability.
A typical working day in Aliasger’s life consists of leaving the house by 8am to get to site. After a quick tea, he tends to work till 4pm, stopping for lunch and a couple more tea breaks in between.
After finishing at site, Aliasger usually goes to another job or survey. Sometimes he goes straight home to catch up on quoting for jobs.
In his spare time, Aliasger can be found playing football, cycling or helping out at his parent’s small business (Pricegate & Henson’s Hardware in Groby).