Case studies 

Local jobs and apprenticeships - August 2016

We are creating local employment opportunities on CIP sites. So far, we have secured 180 apprenticeships and 131 work experience placements.

By working closely with contractors on CIP sites, we’re able to create good quality positions and target local people first. Ashraful and Jake both work for Higgins, the main contractor on Bourne Estate. The work on the estate is due to be complete in 2017 and will create 75 new homes, including 34 council homes, as well as a new tenants’ hall.

Ashraful Islam

Ashraful, a Camden resident was unemployed for six months before registering with King's Cross Construction Skills Centre last January, with the hope of finding an apprenticeship in bricklaying or carpentry. He received support from the centre with tailoring his CV and sat his Construction Skills Certification Scheme(CSCS) practice sessions and passed his test, which enabled him to obtain his CSCS card for construction work.

Once Ashraful obtained his CSCS card, he was encouraged to gain some experience in the construction industry, as his previous experience was in customer service. He registered with a company called Deploy and within days of registering he started work as a labourer. This experience proved to be invaluable and with his keen interest to learn he was successful in securing a position at Bourne Estate.

He started his NVQ level 2 apprenticeship in carpentry in January this year and attends Hackney community college once a week. Ashraful has been onsite for the last 10 months working alongside experienced carpenters obtaining evidence toward his qualification.  At college he is currently studying the theory side to carpentry along with functional skills in Maths and English. Ashraful said:

“I’m really grateful for all the support and advice from the centre, especially the mock interview session, which really boosted my confidence before my interview. I would like to thank the team for helping me achieve my goal.”

His manager Paul Gately, from Higgins said:

“Ashraful’s attitude is spot on and he wants to learn, he is enjoying the experience and is a good asset to the team.” 

Jake Walker

Jake came to King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre in December 2014 after completing a BSc Degree in Construction Management at Reading University. He had previous work experience on sites both as a labourer and short work experience alongside his degree in construction management.  With support and advice through our employment and training officer he completed his CSCS card training and in less than three months he was offered a traineeship as a site manager on Bourne Estate.

Jake said:

“King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre has provided me with the opportunity to undergo a traineeship in site management with a main contractor. This has given me invaluable experience and a path into a career in the construction industry.”

His manager, Paul Gately from Higgins, said:

“It’s always good to see someone progress. Jake did really well. He completed his traineeship within a year and was always up for a challenge. His duties included management of sub-contractors, monitoring health and safety on site, quality control and record keeping.”

After completing his traineeship, Jake was offered a full time role with Higgins. He is currently working on a large site in Chelmsford for Higgins as a site manager.

Employment opportunities

If you’re interested in jobs or apprenticeship opportunities on CIP and other sites in Camden, visit the King's Cross Construction webpage. For a range of non-construction apprenticeships visit our apprenticeship web page.