How we are leading a consortium of 17 construction companies who, between them, have agreed to offer 161 apprenticeships

‘Ladder for London’ is the result of a partnership with the London Evening Standard, which helps young people into work through paid apprenticeships. HRH Prince Andrew is patron of the scheme, which was launched in June 2013 at our apprenticeship jobs fair in Pembury, Hackney.

The scheme is targeted at Londoners aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training. They are matched with prospective employers who are part of our supply chain, covering construction, engineering, maintenance and transport. Companies include Mace (who built The Shard), Lakehouse, K&T Heating and Ardmore.


Calvin Joseph, pictured a above with HRH Prince Andrew, has recently started a three-year electrical apprenticeship with Ardmore. After getting eight good GCSEs, he started studying for three A’ levels but lost motivation. He subsequently worked in bars and restaurants between signing on.

He found out about the scheme through his local Job Centre in Hackney. “I’ve been interested in electrics ever since I was 10 and built my first robot from a partwork magazine,” he says. “I was already researching electrical courses so it was good timing. I went along to Peabody’s employment and training service at the Pembury Centre and signed up to the scheme. It all happened really quickly!”

Calvin will spend his three years party on site and partly at college. “I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m going to work really hard. The future is looking bright,” he adds.

Find out more about construction apprenticeships