Apprenticeships – Opening Up Opportunities

By Nicole Klassa
Business Administration Apprentice with Laing O'Rourke at Clarges Mayfair

21 Mar 2017

I started my apprenticeship with Laing O’Rourke over a year ago, and have been at Clarges Mayfair since June 2016. It’s opened up more possibilities for me and helped me change my mind about what I want to do.

When I left school, I didn’t want to go to university at all, so I worked in a shop for a few years. After a while, I decided that I wanted some qualifications but I still didn’t want to study full-time. I liked the idea of working and learning simultaneously, so I went for an apprenticeship.

It felt great when I was offered the Level 2 Business and Administration apprenticeship with Laing O’Rourke – really, really great. I’d been looking for a long while. The experience is even better than I expected. I get lots of training, my managers are very supportive and my company is really interested in bringing people up. 

I started on the reception desk for the Olympic Legacy Project at Stratford. Then I moved to the Clarges development, where I provide administrative support to the commercial team and health and safety. This was a big change because there are around 450 people working on site each day, so there’s a lot to coordinate. 

For other young people interested in an apprenticeship, I would say 100% go for it. It’s a really good experience if you want to learn and earn money at the same time. All my learning is on the job. My tutor comes out once a month to carry out observations for my units and help me with areas where I’m unsure. I also do tests and coursework.

Now, I’ve totally changed my mind about university. The apprenticeship is giving me the necessary qualifications, and building up my confidence, experience and skills. I’ll be starting my Level 3 NVQ in April and in the next five years I want to be an Office Manager on one of Laing O’Rourke’s projects or in their Head Office. I’m excited about the future.

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