Jonny joined the Lewisham Gateway Phase Two team as a Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick apprentice planner. We spoke to him about working in the construction industry and his apprenticeship.
What made you decide on a planning apprenticeship and what was your route into it?
It was something that interested me from a young age as I had heard my dad talk about it and I kind of had my heart set on it. My route into the apprenticeship was the Balfour Beatty Emerging Talent programme – I saw the apprenticeship on Balfour Beatty’s website and applied straight away.
Did you always want a career in construction? if not, what made you choose construction? Why planning?
I always wanted a career in construction as I have grown up around are in the industry and I have always enjoyed hearing and seeing things getting built. Planning I found especially interesting as it allowed me to work on a project before it has started and then I can see it progress into being completed.
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day for me includes updating programmes, walking round site putting in safety observations and attending meetings, with various different things that happen day to day adding a bit of variance and excitement to my days.
What is your favourite part of the role?
One of my favourite aspects is seeing the buildings progress day to day and seeing how the work everyone is doing is making a difference, and another is hearing all the different stories people have to tell on the job.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship in construction? Why?
I would 100% recommend it as it’s a great way to learn. You get a lot of more in depth and technical learning than you might in other types of further education, and I also think it’s a great life experience as you visit different places and take part of lots of projects.