Liverpool in Work in Partnership with Laing O'Rourke


Of those employed on the project January 2013 – June 2014 from Liverpool, 60% have been from Liverpool in Work’s ‘priority areas’ .

 From May 2013 – July 2014 Laing O’Rourke have had 1,094 apprenticeships weeks on the Alder Hey in the Park project. This is made up of:

27 project initiated apprentices

23 sustained apprentices

We have identified a further three opportunities through our supply chain which will be in place by September 2014.

We work with Liverpool in Work on the recruitment of our apprentices where possible. The apprentice opportunities that the Alder Hey in the Park project has generated include:

11 GCO Apprenticeships

7 Formwork Apprenticeships

1 Business and Admin Apprentice

1 Building Services Engineer Apprenticeship

3 Mechanical Apprenticeships

3 Joiner Apprenticeships

1 Hospitality Apprenticeship 

GCO Apprentices

In May 2013 we recruited 11 General Construction Operatives for Laing O’Rourke through Liverpool in Work. 

Mark McGirr

Mark McGirr started his career in the construction industry with Laing O’Rourke following an open day facilitated by Liverpool in Work as a GCO apprentice in May 2013. Through his role he was exposed to working with Laing O’Rourke engineers and his talents were recognised. Mark was put forward to apply for the Laing O’Rourke Cadet programme and after a phone interview, assessment day, formal interview and presentation Mark was accepted on to the programme. Mark will now start an engineering degree in September while still gaining on the job experience, once qualified Mark will become a Laing O’Rourke Site Engineer. 

Jack Hodgkinson and Paul Robertson

Jack and Paul started in May 2013 with Laing O’Rourke as GCO apprentices. As with Mark, their talents were recognised by the engineering team and they were given the opportunity to shadow site engineers and gradually were given more responsibilities. Despite not being successful for the Laing O’Rourke Cadet programme both apprentices are still very keen to become engineers and a training development path is currently being developed for them to become qualified engineers. 

Stephen Smith 

Stephen Smith has been nominated by the City of Liverpool College for the NAS Apprentice of the Year Award. He is part of the Laing O’Rourke Health and Safety Committee and plays a very active role in site life. He has spoken with the Liverpool Echo and Stephen Twigg MP about his experiences working on Alder Hey in the Park and has a clear career pathway he will be following to become a supervisor and construction manager

Formwork Apprentices 

 In April 2014 there was a major recruitment drive for Apprentice form workers this event was managed by members of Liverpool in Work Business team/Laing O’Rourke. All formwork apprentice that started with Laing O’Rourke in May 2013 have now finished on Alder Hey in the Park and moved on to Laing O’Rourke’s Chester Zoo Islands Project. Our commitment to sustainable opportunities means that once an apprentice has completed their time on one project we will find an opportunity for them elsewhere ensuring they are getting all necessary training to complete their NVQ. 

Routeway into Construction 

Laing O’Rourke will work in partnership with Liverpool in Work to run a third Routeway into Construction programme for residents around the Alder Hey in the Park construction site. Laing O’Rourke will provide the candidates with work placements on the Alder Hey in the Park site to give them the understanding of the industry and key employability skills such as communication, healthy and safety and interview skills. We are working with our supply chain to maximise benefits of the programme and are waiting on their confirmation numbers, opportunities identified to date include:

3 x Laing O’Rourke

3 x Crown House Technologies 



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