A Fulham man is one of 22 residents now working as an apprentice at the new Civic Campus site thanks to an agreement with Ardmore, the project’s construction company.
Christian Murphy, 21, is working as an apprentice electrician on the site at King Street alongside Ardmore’s team of qualified electricians.
He set his heart on pursuing a career as an electrician because “It’s the only job I’ve ever been passionate about.” He has successfully completed his Diploma Level 3 in Electrical Installation.
While he was working on the diploma, he was also doing a business degree with the Open University. “I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start my own business. I just thought having a trade – I can turn it into a business once I get to a certain level of experience. It made sense and fits in with my plans,” he said.
“At first, it was quite hard finding a company willing to take me as an apprentice.” He explained: “I’m really grateful for this opportunity. This is my first on-site experience and it's enlightened me to how far I can take this career. It's opened up a lot of doors and helped me understand my purpose.”
He feels the apprenticeship scheme is “a good opportunity for young people. The local government, Ardmore, and JBT have done really well with employing young people. It’s going to save a lot of lives and give people a future.”
Christian is part of a workforce that is creating new genuinely-affordable homes, a new cinema and revitalising the Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall at our Civic Campus project.
Cllr Sharon Holder, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: “We are delighted that local men and women like Christian have been able to further their careers thanks to our agreement with the construction company. It reflects the vision of Hammersmith & Fulham of the Civic Campus as a place for inspiration and aspiration.
“I wish him and all the other apprentices well. They can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved and what they are building.”
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