It might sound unusual for a 15-year-old to have spent an entire week at a library without doing any research but not when he was helping to construct the new building. Young apprentice Lee Miller completed a week’s work placement with construction firm, Carillion who are responsible for building the new library on Centenary Square.
The BTEC first diploma in construction Level 2 student from Castle Vale School developed his knowledge and skills within the construction process by working alongside the Design Manager and the Operations Manager.
“I’ve always been interested in construction and was really lucky to get this work placement,” said Lee. “It was great to be involved in such a major project, especially while it’s still in its early stages so anything could happen.
“I really enjoyed seeing all the different job roles and responsibilities involved in creating a building as important as this one. The experience looks great on my CV and will help me with my studies as I can give better ‘real life’ examples when I’m completing assignments.”
Lee’s work placement is part of a two-year Young Apprenticeship programme in construction which is being run in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College. His programme enables him to learn carpentry and joinery, as well as painting and decorating and brickwork.