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Newham youngsters to get a taste of life on site with Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall has welcomed its first apprentice on site in Newham and is launching a summer work experience scheme for youngsters across its projects in the borough.

Seventeen year-old Imran Khan from Newham, has joined the project team at the Calverton Primary School site, which is one of nine schools Morgan Sindall is expanding as part of the London Borough of Newham’s wider plans for expansion. As part of his apprenticeship, Imran will also spend time working at Upton Cross Primary School and Portway Primary School, where Morgan Sindall is also on site.

Imran’s interest in construction was piqued after watching his older brother, an architect, at work. He is now working towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations at Barking and Dagenham College and works at Calverton Primary School as a trainee project manager four days a week.

Imran said: “I originally wanted to go into mechanics or car maintenance, but my older brother is an architect and I found it really interesting watching him working on design projects and building models. That developed my interest in the construction industry initially, and it just grew gradually from there, until I realised that this is what I want to do.

“I decided to train to be a project manager because I really enjoy working with people and managing the day-to-day situations which come up on a site. It’s exciting to be part of bringing together all the different elements of a project to create a great result for our customer. It’s great being able to be part of an active site, especially in my borough.

“This placement really helps in terms of getting practical experience and building contacts and just getting a feel for what being on a construction site is like. What Morgan Sindall’s done, in terms of helping me to get this experience, is amazing. Getting this practical, hands-on insight really helps to bring what I learn at college alive.”

Imran’s main responsibilities on site involve liaising with suppliers, designers and subcontractors, going to meetings with the design and project teams and assisting where needed.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I am pleased that through our contract with Morgan Sindall we have been able to provide opportunities for the borough’s young people. We have high aspirations for our children and young people and are committed to supporting them to succeed.

“It’s important for us that local people can capitalise on the jobs being created in Newham.
We've worked closely with Morgan Sindall to ensure that residents can develop the right skills and are provided with training so they can build their future careers.

"It’s vital that the services we procure deliver wider social benefits for the borough and that’s why I’m keen to see all our suppliers engaging with the council to help leave a lasting legacy of jobs and training for Newham residents.“

Morgan Sindall is working to expand and upgrade Kensington Primary, Earlham Primary, Woodgrange Infant, Hartley Primary, Central Park Primary, Godwin Junior, Upton Cross Primary and Portway Primary Schools.

Alongside its apprenticeship programme, Morgan Sindall is also offering work experience to youngsters from schools across the Newham area as part of a wider movement to increase engagement with young people who may be thinking of entering the construction industry.

The scheme, which is being run in partnership with the London Borough of Newham, will see nine teenagers take part in two-week placements across the nine Newham school project sites during the summer. Although not able to work on the active construction sites, the students will work from the project office – giving them an insight into the real-world workings of various aspects of the industry – including project planning, design, and project management.

Tony Dixon, Morgan Sindall’s managing director of Construction London and South East, said: "Morgan Sindall's track record of employing apprentices, even in challenging economic conditions, demonstrates our commitment to young people. The Borough's modern procurement methods provide added encouragement to seek out potential talent from the local area.”

The Newham projects, which are being delivered in two phases, are worth a total of £25.9 million and will create over 2,000 new school places in the borough. The contracts were acquired under the £1 billion Improvement and Efficiency South East (iESE) framework, one of the key construction frameworks in London and the South East used by public sector organisations to procure major building works in education, health and community buildings.


For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email