National Apprenticeship Week

It's the start of National Apprenticeship Week so we are celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy by sharing a recent success story.


18 year old Southwark resident, Aaron Bouchiba, has been recruited for an apprenticeship at the iconic One Blackfriars development on London’s South Bank, facilitated by employability initiative Routes Into Construction

Aaron, who lives in Surrey Quays, started a work experience placement at One Blackfriars in December 2015. During the placement he was trained in a range of construction trades including plumbing, electrical work and labouring.

Showing a keen interest in electrical engineering, he has been recruited as a trainee by subcontractor Designer Group and will start an apprenticeship in electrical installation in September 2016, studying one day a week a college. 

Aaron said: “I was delighted to be given work experience at One Blackfriars through the Routes into Construction programme. I’ve always had an interest in construction but wasn’t set on a specific trade. I now know I am most interested in electrical engineering and want to become a qualified electrician, helping light the buildings which make up London’s skyline.” 

The work experience placement was facilitated by the Routes Into Construction programme, an initiative by Construction Youth Trust and London Youth for the NEETs. Working as part of the Greater London Joint Initiative Programme with CITB, the programme brings together a number of construction employers who are committed to providing practical work experience opportunities within the construction industry, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects and make more informed career choices.

Anna Walterskotter, London Regional Operations Manager for Construction Youth Trust, said: “There are many thousands of construction vacancies in the UK and yet young people continue to find it difficult to gain work in the industry. Work experience provided by the Routes Into Construction programme is an important way to bridge this gap, and we thank Brookfield Multiplex and St George for making this placement a reality.”

In December 2012, planning permission was granted for an iconic 170m tower at One Blackfriars designed by SimpsonHaugh architects. The development will comprise 273 new homes, a viewing lounge on the 32nd floor for the local community and businesses, 14,000 sq ft of commercial space (for new shops, cafes and restaurants), a boutique hotel and a landscaped public square.

Developer St George and the principal contractor Brookfield Multiplex have committed to supporting at least 25 apprenticeships for Southwark residents throughout the construction of One Blackfriars, as well as providing jobs for 130 previously unemployed local residents. 

For more information on the Routes Into Construction programme, please contact Paul Taylor on 07956 106 387 or email him at