Meet Lauren, Budding Brunels alumna and current apprentice!

When Lauren was in Year 12, she took part in our employer-led Budding Brunels programme, which gives young people an immersive insight into the construction industry and the huge range of opportunities available.

Hosted by our industry partner Scape Group, over the three days Lauren and her peers got a taste of day-to-day life at a construction workplace and the opportunity to engage with employers in different roles.

Lauren found the programme to be an inspiring insight into the construction and built environment sector, particularly the chance to meet relatable role models within the industry, and set her sights on pursuing a construction career. Lauren is now undertaking an an apprenticeship in Environment and Sustainability with Balfour Beatty and we caught up with her to see how it’s been going! Here is what she had to say:

Hi, I’m Lauren! (she/her) I like music, reading, and large mugs of tea. I’ve been working as an environment and sustainability apprentice since September 2020, and look forward to carrying on widening my knowledge of environmental issues in construction. I’m completing the academic part of my apprenticeship with Kingston University, where I am working towards a BSc in Environmental Science.

Tell us about your experience working with the Trust and how it supported you to get where you are.

I took part in a ‘Budding Brunels’ programme with the Trust when I was in Year 12. I really appreciated the skills I was able to develop and the knowledge gained through the conversations with industry professionals facilitated by the course.

What made you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I chose to do an apprenticeship after my A-Levels because I wanted to be able to see the real-world impact of environmental work that goes on in the construction world. It has also given me freedom in managing my own time and finances which has always appealed to me.

What is the best bit of your day?

I really enjoy being able to get out on site and engage with site operatives, because my training has been mostly academic it is great to see how my work translates into actual progress in construction.

Is there a project you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of?

As part of the sustainability part of my role I get to do a lot of community outreach, which I find really rewarding and allows me to build local networks. This Christmas, I facilitated a campaign alongside the local Trussel Trust food bank which brought together the combined resources of the construction team to raise funds and donations for the local community.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?

Definitely have a thorough look around at what’s being offered – quite a lot of the time apprentice positions aren’t advertised as obviously to school leavers as more traditional options. The benefits of leading your own career definitely outweigh the hard work in the beginning though!