Over 50 visitors attended the Laing O’Rourke apprenticeships open evening at West London College last night, 9 February 2023). A well-known international engineering and construction company, Laing O’Rourke, showcased apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 to degree level. Trade positions available included formwork, shuttering, carpentry, steel fixers, plumbing and electrical installation, with professional roles ranging from HR, engineering, commercial and design management to construction management. The open evening was part of Laing O’Rourke’s and West London College’s National Apprenticeship Week 2023 activities.
Rianna Lanigan is aged 18 and came along with her mother, Julie, to find out more about careers in Construction Management. Rianna said she found the event “inspiring” and “motivating”. For the immediate future, Rianna is focusing on gaining her qualifications so that she will be able to achieve her apprenticeship.
Platon Smirnov is aged 17 and came along to the event with his virtual teacher, Tim Dalrymple who had told him about the Open Evening.
Platon said: “I am looking for an apprenticeship that is IT related and that’s why I’m especially interested in the Laing O’Rourke Security systems.”
Paddy McGuinness came along after work in his high vis, and even brought a friend, to find out about getting an apprenticeship as an electrician.
Sabien L’Aimable, Social Value Advisor for Laing O’Rourke said: “We are really pleased with the turnout this evening. The Olympia Redevelopment Project is a high-profile project in Hammersmith & Fulham and we’re keen to provide employment and skills to local residents.”
Laing O’Rourke is delivering the £600M+ redevelopment of London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre. The work to create ‘Future Olympia’ includes the redevelopment of the existing listed exhibition halls – the Grand Hall and the National Hall – and the creation of new offices, a four-screen cinema, a 4,000-seat music venue, a 1,500-seat theatre, two new hotels, new retail outlets and accessible communal spaces to relax in and enjoy. All of this will be delivered while allowing the exhibition areas to remain operational and revenue-generating.
To find out more about Laing O’Rourke’s apprenticeships, visit their careers website.