News Infrastructure Heavyweights Back London Apprenticeship Programme

Infrastructure giants including Crossrail, Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction and HS2 are sponsoring a new London-wide apprenticeship programme to support young people in becoming world-class project managers.

The two-year London Major Programmes Apprenticeship (LMPA) offers on-the-job training focused on working on major developments in the capital, managing delivery timescales and staying within budget.

It will also cover risk management and communications, and all participants will earn the London Living Wage of £9.15 an hour.

The first intake of 17 apprenticeships have just started the course to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week. There will be two intakes a year.

At the end of the programme, graduates will receive a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management and a qualification from the Association of Project Management. All participants will also receive support in finding continued employment.

The scheme, which is also sponsored by Network Rail, Thameslink and social enterprise n:gaged, is being supported by partnerships with the Mayor’s Fund and the Crossrail Employment Brokerage.

Mark Glaysher, head of consents and environment within the Network Rail Crossrail programme and chair of the LMPA, said: “It is our aim to provide solid, rewarding career paths that help to develop young people.

“By partnering together, the sponsoring organisations allow LMPA apprentices significant access to a vast network of people, knowledge, experiences and career opportunities. This can only benefit them individually as well as benefiting the wider industry.”

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