Homegrown talent: Kamal

Kamal on a construction site

The council works with many organisations to create jobs and training opportunities for residents, offering the skills and contacts needed to develop their careers. In a series of interviews, some of the Islington residents who’ve benefitted from the scheme tell their success stories. First up: Kamal

Before my apprenticeship, I didn’t know much about the construction industry. I’d completed my BTEC level three diploma in engineering at City and Islington College and I used my gap year to visit my family in Egypt. While I was there, I searched online for engineering apprenticeships, following on from my studies.

A friend who already worked in construction said that I’d make a good site supervisor, based on my skillset. So, I widened my search when I came home to Islington. The council’s iWork team really helped, and put me in touch with Higgins Partnerships.

I was very nervous, as I’d never been on a building site before. Higgins arranged a work placement at one of their sites, building new council homes for Islington at Telfer House. I shadowed the site manager, which helped me understand the responsibilities involved.

I was offered a site supervisor apprenticeship, working towards my qualification at London South Bank University. The training and support I received has made such a difference. I’m a lot more confident working on site. Though it’s hard work balancing my studies and training, I’m looking forward to completing my apprenticeship and becoming a site manager.

To learn more about great career, apprenticeship and training opportunities in Islington, visit the Islington Working jobsite. For information on support and development programmes, visit the council’s dedicated training and skills page.

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