September 2014 proved to be a special month for Issac Lindo, a young man of 18 from London who was selected by McNicholas for their Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship role.
Isaac who was set on entering the construction industry through a work based learning route, took part in a pre-apprenticeship scheme organised by McNicholas and the Trust as part of our Budding Brunels programme.
Budding Brunels works with talented students from poor socio-economic areas or under-represented ethnic backgrounds and aims to raise awareness of opportunities at the technical and professional level of the industry.
The aim of the pre-apprenticeship scheme was to promote work-based routes into the construction industry to young people from across London. The Trust’s partnership with McNicholas for this particular programme was instigated by McNicholas who wanted to recruit a technician apprentice from the Budding Brunel client group in memory of Tommy McNicholas, the late McNicholas President who sadly passed away in May 2013. Tommy was a great advocate for work-based learning and was always keen to provide talented young people with opportunities to gain experience in the industry.
The programme consisted of three distinct stages, an Information Day, a Work Shadow Day and an Assessment Day. The Information Day involved representatives from CITB and McNicholas delivering short presentations, with The Trust providing a session on Employability and Interview Skills. McNicholas staff then held informal interviews to get a better understanding of the candidates.
For the Work Shadow Day, the candidates visited McNicholas sites at Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations, where they were shown first-hand the works taking place and had the opportunity to network with Operation and Project Managers on the projects.
The Assessment Day involved a numeracy and literacy test as well as a formal interview with McNicholas. To help with their preparation for the assessment the candidates were given the opportunity to meet with a member of the Budding Brunels team at the Trust for interview skills and confidence building sessions.
McNicholas were impressed with Issac at every stage of the programme.
Steven McNicholas, Safety and Sustainability Director at McNicholas commented:
“Issac impressed us with his resolve and determination to succeed in the construction industry and his desire to be recognised as a role model of excellence for his younger brother”
Indeed Issac’s appointment by McNicholas came as no surprise to Trust members who have worked with him in the past and have been impressed with his commitment, aptitude and desire to get the right position for himself within the construction industry.
Isaac commented: “I am really enjoying working with McNicholas. Everyone is so polite and they give great advice and they treat me like I'm family.
When I went for the interviews and the day of work shadowing I really enjoyed it and found the experience very informative.”
Issac will complete the practical elements of the apprenticeship with McNicholas and will do the academic aspects of the 3 year programme at South Thames College.
Whilst the memory of Tommy McNicholas will live long for those that work at McNicholas his influence, as this scheme has demonstrated, continues to positively impact young people by giving a very talented young person in Issac the opportunity to establish a career within the construction industry.
The Budding Brunels team will be supporting those who took part in the scheme but were unfortunate in this appointment, to access information about careers in construction.
Finally we would like to wish Isaac the best of luck with his new job and to thank McNicholas for providing this wonderful opportunity.