Homegrown talent: Mohamed
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. This time: Mohamed
I never expected to work in construction. Originally, I studied bioscience at City and Islington College and London South Bank University.
However, I wanted a change in career. I returned to university to do a postgraduate degree in quantity surveying. During this course, I learned about the role finance plays in the construction industry. I knew I could put my degree to good use, but without construction experience I found it difficult to get my foot in the door.
I spoke to the iWork team and they matched my skills with an apprenticeship with Higgins Partnerships. In October 2020, I joined a local project team and worked alongside the contract surveyor. The team made me feel really welcome and ensured I had everything I needed. I’ve learned so much about the construction industry and my role as a surveyor.
I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship and I hope that my hard work will see me continue to work with Higgins for many years to come.
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.