Osborne Looks Ahead
Keeping an eye on the future is good business practice, and one way of doing this is helping develop future talent in the industry. Osborne supports this and offers opportunities to take on graduates and apprentices.
Apprentice Ali Azam began working with Osborne on the Merton Junior and Infants School project in Basingstoke, last October. Osborne is working on the project which will see an expansion of both Merton Infant and Junior Schools providing an additional 630 school places. This requires extra classrooms, ancillary accommodation, a studio, enlarged staff areas, a library and a pre-school at a value of more than £3.3m.
Ali joined Osborne straight from completing his GCSEs and now attends Southampton City College once a week, studying “Construction and the Built Environment”. Ali’s role is to assist the site management and commercial teams in the successful delivery of the project. He will have his own works packages to co-ordinate and control and will be attending meetings with customers and the design team, assisting at all levels of the process.
Ali said: “My experience so far at Osborne has been great,” Ali says, “The site team could have not welcomed me any better. I have learnt a lot so far about the construction industry and I am sure that I will learn a lot more whilst I’m working on this site with Osborne. “The team have explained and told me how things work on this site; if I ever have a question about something they always answer it. The site team also inform me on what has happened during the one day a week I’m gone for college which is also handy. I am looking forward to working with them in the future.”
Osborne Site Manager Jim Dudley said: “Ali is a welcome addition to the team. It’s good to take that step back and see projects through the eyes of beginners. We hope that this will give Ali valuable experience and insights into construction work.”