16th April 2024

Apprentices learn about the Elizabeth Tower restoration

This year, our Annual Apprenticeship Conference included a talk about the restoration of the Elizabeth Tower.

Sir Robert McAlpine’s emerging talents attended our Annual Apprenticeship Conference at the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE).Apprentices visit Elizabeth Tower

This year’s annual Apprenticeship Conference was a great success. We hosted the event at the Institution of Civil Engineers HQ in London on Tuesday 9th April, giving those undertaking apprenticeships at Sir Robert McAlpine an opportunity to network with peers and senior leaders and to learn about our business strategy, its implementation, and how to get the most out of their apprenticeship.

Our new CEO, Neil Martin, gave a welcome address and shared his enthusiasm for attending his first Apprenticeship Conference at Sir Robert McAlpine.

The first workshop of the day was hosted by our Strategy and Work Winning team, who engaged our emerging talents with an interactive presentation.

After an enjoyable networking lunch, our Special Projects team presented a case study on the restoration of the iconic Elizabeth Tower. The presentation was followed by a walk outside to admire the Elizabeth Tower from Parliament Square, where Nick Sturge, Project Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects, shared his experience of working on the nation's timekeeper.

The remainder of the afternoon was used for team breakout sessions. Led by project managers from across the business, our apprentices were given the opportunity to share their experiences and ask questions.

During the closing presentation, Grant Findlay, Executive Managing Director, Buildings, shared highlights from his career journey and advice with the apprentices. The day ended with a networking reception.

There is huge benefit in getting our emerging talent apprentices together to share their experiences and meet others in similar positions from across the country, working on a wide range of projects. They heard from Grant Findlay on how important building your network is then had the opportunity to put this into practice straightaway.

Rachel Tonks People Development Business Partner

At Sir Robert McAlpine, we offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities, combining practical experience on landmark projects with learning delivered through education providers at a local level. 

If you’re interested in joining us as an apprentice, visit our emerging talents careers page. 

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