To mark National Apprenticeship Week Laing O’Rourke has been sharing stories across the company of the difference that a commitment to investment in people and new skills can make. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset.
The Bylor apprenticeship scheme was developed for individuals with a passion for construction and engineering and combines college and practice-based training, allowing participants to build their skills working on one of the most exciting projects in the UK, while gaining a recognised qualification.
Steelfixing apprentices at Bylor have been working alongside experienced staff who are responsible for the construction of the steel reinforcement which forms a vital part of the concrete structures on the project. It’s invaluable experience for everyone involved and is a significant step for many who are still learning, and are at an early, but significant point in their careers.
One such example is Garth Young, a steelfixing Supervisor for Bylor who started his career as a steelfixing apprentice, and is now using his expertise, passion and knowledge to mentor the new apprentices.
“Since qualifying from Bylor’s steel-fixing apprenticeship, I have progressed to a steel-fixing supervisor and have the opportunity to mentor new Bylor apprentices as they join Hinkley Point C. During my apprenticeship I enjoyed working on a variety of Laing O’Rourke projects – especially the Crossrail Liverpool Street Station project - and I’m excited to be working on one of the largest construction projects in Europe, right on my doorstep.”
We want to encourage participation in our apprenticeship programme - click on the YouTube film below to find out more on steel-fixers working on our projects.