The story of a successful apprenticeship.

Dean Buchanan registered on the Peabody Reconnect Programme in November 2013.

As a 26 year-old, having previously gained work experience in electrical installation on the railways and a HND in Construction Management, Dean was looking for an opportunity that would help secure his future. And this is where one of Peabody's supply chain apprenticeship schemes comes into the picture.

Dean's time at Higgins Construction

Through our Ladder for London campaign, we identified a temporary Trainee Site Management opportunity with Higgins Construction as a route for Dean’s advancement.

We introduced Dean to Jeff Joseph, Higgins' Community Investment Manager, who secured him an interview for a position with Circle Anglia in Merton. Dean was successful and started work with Higgins in January 2014 as a Management Trainee/Site Supervisor.

Great feedback

During his time with Circle Anglia, Dean's supervisor recorded that Dean was:

  • Very positive
  • A great ambassador
  • Very interested and wanted to learn
  • Able to take instruction as part of the team

His supervisor also thought that Dean had the right attitude and importantly, the potential to be a competent site supervisor himself.

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Lots to learn

Due to the stage of works on site when Dean arrived, he only witnessed the final stages of the development (snagging, finals and finishes). So when his placement came to an end in April 2014, he was recruited onto the Peabody Milkwood redevelopment site to continue his training and education.

He was recruited as Third Level Apprentice (Higher Apprenticeship) and got to see the development process through, from beginning to end.

The size of the scheme and construction methodology Dean learned at Milkwood was going to provide home with invaluable experience and knowledge and hopefully lead to sustainable employment. At the very least, it would make him more attractive to the job market at the end of his placement.

Valuable results

During his apprenticeship Dean attended various courses and gained his First Aid Certificate, SMSTs (Site Management Safety Training certificates), an upgraded CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) as well as a wealth of knowledge.

His apprenticeship with Higgins ended successfully in March 2015 after which he secured full-time employment.

As a Site Manager with Fairview Homes in Balham, he's using and developing the skills and experience he achieved during his time with Higgins and Peabody, through our apprenticeship scheme.

Jeff Joseph from Higgins said: "The experience and knowledge gained on this programme will be essential in securing Dean’s professional and economic future for years to come."

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