Lovell’s new London apprentices challenge construction industry stereotypes

8th, March

Lovell’s London region has welcomed eight graduates to the world of construction to train as apprentice site managers in a two-year programme. Among these are two women who are challenging the stereotype that construction is a male-dominated career choice.

Giusy Adekunbi, 21, is looking forward to putting her Construction Project Management degree from Aston University into practice. She said: “I’ve got a strong interest in design and building construction, especially regeneration, so I’m keen to understand more about the different stages of a development.”

Architecture graduate from De Montfort University Eniola Olaribigbe, 22, commented: “Being a woman on a construction site is still relatively unusual and there’s a learning curve in making sure your voice is heard, but it hasn’t taken long to become one of the team. The workload is very diverse, no two days are the same. It’s a great job and very satisfying creating new homes.”

Giusy and Eniola are learning the practical skills needed to manage a development and spend most of their time on site working with construction teams. They are currently both based at Trinity Walk, Lovell’s flagship scheme in Woolwich, which is creating 1,684 private sale and affordable homes as part of a £400m regeneration scheme with development partners PA Housing and The Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Mike Maxwell, operations director at Lovell, said: “Lovell is committed to diversity and recruiting bright, motivated graduates with the potential to become the future leaders of its business and offers opportunities in specific areas, such as site management and quantity surveying.”