Support for Carillion Apprentices and Employees

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The BuildLondon team are conscious of the huge impact the recent announcement, that Carillion is going into liquidation, will have on a significant number of apprentices and thousands of other employees and their families.

As a regional partnership initiative, with the Department for Work and Pensions in London, Essex and the Home Counties, we are keen to do all we can to support those affected, living in these areas.

We recognise the importance of retaining the skills and experience of Carillion staff, working within the construction industry, which in turn will help to ensure the industry continues to thrive, and deliver the infrastructure and housing projects, so desperately needed across the UK.

Our Mission

We are not a commercial employment agency, our mission is simple, we are here to help connect local people to major construction projects across London and the South East. We do this by working in partnership with major client organisations such as Tideway, Crossrail and Transport for London, and supporting their supply chain contractors to recruit locally.

We aim to improve the visibility of, and connectivity to, opportunities arising from major projects, helping contractors to promote and recruit at a local level, or across the region.

Opportunities across London and the South East

By registering with us, you will receive up to date information of the latest vacancies within the construction industry in your local area and across London and the South East.

There are absolutely no charges attached to this support, as the service is provided by BuildLondon in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions.

So, if you are an employee of Carillion, working in a construction, or construction related role, and interested in registering with us, simply follow this link and complete the on-line form;

We look forward to hearing from you.

The BuildLondon Team



Additional support

A number of organisations are offering advice and support to existing Carillion apprentices nationally, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is providing advice nationwide, for further information

Contact CITB via telephone or email for the latest information and guidance;

or visit the website at:

Award Double!

BuildLondon New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Award

Award double for our industry partner @TidewayLondon at the Tunnelling Awards 2017 last week – Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year and the Community Engagement Award!

We were delighted to hear that, this week, our SkillsPlanner and BuildLondon partner Tideway, won the New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Award for Community Engagement. Proud to see Chris Dransfield, our BuildLondon lead, as part of the team receiving the award. Congratulations to everyone at Tideway on this achievement!

New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Award

Construction Youth Trust – Careers Open Day

Construction Youth Trust and Willmott Dixon Interiors are hosting a Careers Open Day

CYT Alumni Careers Day Poster (please click on this link to access poster)

The Careers Day is an opportunity for students to meet employers and gain a
deeper insight into career paths in Construction. For employers, this is a
fantastic opportunity to meet up-coming talent to offer work experience and
or potential job opportunities:
During the course of the day students will:
• Find out about you as an employer
• Discover career opportunities in the construction industry
• Gain knowledge and encouragement from new roles models
• Network with employers
• Gain an insight into possible job vacancies or training opportunities within
the industry

Bermondsey Training Centre – Instructions on how to get here

New Recruits on Tideway

At BuildLondon we continually work with Contractors, Developers and Planning Authorities to support local candidates find work on, and develop career pathways through, on local construction sites.

On the Tideway project, all three main works joint ventures (FLO, CVB, BMB) recently sponsored a bespoke Pre-employment programme, funded by the CITB, which includes 4 weeks of training to attain a CSCS card and other construction tickets, plus one week of site based work experience placement and a guaranteed interview.

The BuildLondon team supported the development and delivery of three assessment days, one for each contract, to which all the candidates applying for the opportunity were invited. Each of these assessment days included: Information about the Tideway Project, Group and Individual activities, Literacy & Numeracy evaluations, Drugs and Alcohol screening and an interview with a hiring manager, for positions on each one of the Tideway sites such as General Operatives and Traffic Marshals among others.

In total there were 150 applicants, and the assessment days were attended by 40 applicants, resulting in 21 candidates being selected to start the pre-employment training, to date 13 have achieved a Work Experience Placement and 7 are now awaiting jobs starts, we wish them all the very best in their new roles.

Tideway Central Assessment day at South Thames College
Graham, Olayinka & Eroll during their Work Experience Placements on site.

Open Doors 2017

Book Now for Open Doors 2017! 

Open Doors, backed by Build UK and the Construction Industry Training Board, aims to inspire people about the range of dynamic and exciting careers available in construction by providing an opportunity for people to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites and offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

Following the success of last year’s event, Open Doors 2017 will take place from 27 March to 1 April 2017 and Bookings are now available on the Open Doors website at

So whether you are looking for a new career yourself or work with people who might be considering a career in construction, then we encourage you to take a look at the website and register as soon as possible to guarantee your place as spaces are likely to fill up quickly.

There are huge opportunities in construction over the next few years, with thousands of jobs in both traditional trades and managerial roles up for grabs.  Open Doors is a unique opportunity to hear directly from those working across the industry about their careers and experiences.  Visitors will be provided with a tour of the project so that they can experience first-hand the impact of construction on their local and wider communities and potentially take the first step on the road to a successful career in construction.

Last year’s event saw a record 3,000 people visit 138 construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.  Open Doors 2017 is being delivered with support from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Construction News.  Over 35 diverse projects have already registered to open their gates so far in 2017 including Multiplex’s 22 Bishopsgate in London and Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and Bouygues UK’s Pembroke Learning Campus in Wales.  More sites will be added in new locations over the next few weeks.

You can find out information about the full range of sites currently available and book a place at