Crick News


October 2013

Apprentice opportunities


Work on the Crick construction site continues to forge ahead, and as the building grows so do the apprenticeship opportunities. 

A new partnership between our main contractor, Laing O'Rourke, our subcontractors and social enterprise Reds10, looks set to create additional opportunities for young people interested in starting a career in construction. 

Reds10 will work with Laing O'Rourke to create apprenticeship opportunities at the Crick site. The aim is to get local people working on local projects and to prepare apprentices for the rigours of the construction site - ultimately achieving sustainable employment. 

Laing O'Rourke and the Crick are also working closely with the King's Cross Construction Skills Centre (KXCSC) to recruit apprentices. To apply for an apprenticeship, you should be aged 18-24, live in Camden, and want to work in the construction industry. Find out more by calling the KXCSC on 020 7974 5161. 

New Horizon Youth Centre 

Apprenticeships are not the only way to get young people involved in the construction industry. Laing O'Rourke has been working with the New Horizon Youth Centre (NHYC) in Somers Town, investing in young people who use the youth centre and helping those who want to get their foot in the door of construction. 

NHYC is a day centre working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk. Now, every four months Laing O'Rourke will pay for four people who attend NHYC to take a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test, for the duration of the Crick build. 

For many people, taking the test can be the hardest step and the financial costs can be off putting. Passing the test means they'll receive their CSCS cards; the leading card scheme for construction, which provides people with a means of identification and proof of competence to carry out their work on site. Laing O'Rourke is also providing support to NHYC leaders to deliver CSCS revision workshops.