Luke is a local boy from Brighton who came to work on site at Edward Street Quarter in November 2020. He had completed one year of an apprenticeship in Construction and Environment BTEC level 3, previously working on a local site at BHASVIC College and his attitude and enthusiasm promptly led McLaren to offer him the chance to work with them on site as an Apprentice Site Manager.
Luke is 19 and has really taken to working in the construction industry. He has added another string to his bow by enrolling for a further course and is also in the middle of training for a BTEC level 3 in Construction Contracting Operations. He studies at Croydon College one day a week and spends the other 4 days on site learning the practical aspects of the job. His role as trainee site manager is a pivotal role in the construction phase, and requires a lot of knowledge about all the packages commissioned on site. It’s a great job and gives Luke the chance to really learn a lot about all the different aspects of the building environment. His favourite phase of the job is when the construction phase reaches the internal fit out stage – painting, decorating and stone work – and the attention to detail for each of those packages and what the finished decoration looks like is what he loves.
Luke loves the camaraderie of working in a team, and he gets a lot of support from all his colleagues, as everyone helps out. They are a diverse team of all ages, background and experience and he learns a lot from working with people who have stored up years of experience and are willing to share their knowledge with him. As Luke admits, being the young apprentice, he still gets his leg pulled but the rewards come around when the work pressure is on, and with everyone pulling together it makes it feel like a team effort. For him, this is what makes the job!