Update about Jake: the civil engineer apprentice

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When we last spoke to Jake Philips, in June 2020, he was in the third month of a Civil Engineering NVQ, working on site at the Edward Street Quarter in Brighton with one of McLaren’s subcontractors, O’Keefe Construction. Jake has been on site now for a year and we caught up with him to find out how he is getting on.

Jake is a local guy, born and bred in Hollingdean, and now aged 20, he is really keen to qualify as a civil engineer and has recently started studying for a Civil Engineering NVQ Level 3 at college. The study is assignment based and provided as an online study course every two weeks so Jake can fit it in with his work at the Edward Street Quarter.

Jake chose this career pathway because he is good at Maths and English and he really enjoys reading drawings (a big part of the job) and setting out. Over the past year he has gained a much better understanding of his role and he loves the environment he works in. As Jake said, “I absolutely love the people here and because I’m the youngest they look after me. I love working with the rest of the team and everyone is really helpful. I want to take this as far as I can – I’m aiming to go into management one day, once I’ve qualified”.

Encouraging local people to apply for jobs and apprenticeships on site at the Edward Street Quarter is an important part of McLaren’s commitment to the local area and now that the lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted, opportunities will become available. If you are interested in finding out more about jobs and training opportunities coming up, please contact Simon at simon@strivedevelopment.co.uk to get more information.