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Costain engineer becomes 100th Tideway apprentice

Tideway East 100th apprentice

12 November 2018

Budding engineer, Callum Davis from Costain, has become the 100th person to take up an apprenticeship with Tideway on one of the most significant infrastructure projects to date, happening under the streets of London.

Callum, from Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, will be working on the east section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in Bermondsey. He said: “The apprenticeship route is definitely a life-changing career pathway. Learning while working alongside colleagues is really valuable experience, as they can pass on key site knowledge and terminology. The Thames Tideway Tunnel project has provided me with the opportunity to develop and enhance my knowledge and skills rapidly and I am learning something new every day. The LDEUTC (London Design and Engineering University Technical College) of which Costain is also a sponsor, gave me the opportunity to study with a real world application in mind, everything we learnt had a purpose. A true game changer in the world of education.”

Scott Young, Tideway’s head of skills and employment, said: “Having offered 100 apprenticeship opportunities on the project so far is a huge milestone for us. We pride ourselves on offering high quality training across a wide-range of disciplines, and helping to create a future generation of construction workers with long-term career options. Some of our earliest apprentices have gone on to roles in some of the biggest infrastructure projects, including HS2 and the Lower Thames Crossing, and our programme has ensured they have a solid base from which to progress their careers.”

One in 50 jobs across the Tideway sites is an apprenticeship, and since work started on the super sewer in 2014, apprenticeships have been offered in areas ranging from civil engineering to construction, boatmasters, business administration and digital engineering.