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Plugging into a bright future – Tate Modern Project’s adult apprentice


Southwark resident Olabisi Yussuf had recently completed her level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation when she went along to a Southwark Council employment event to find out about local opportunities. Mace Group’s Employment & Skills team were also there, promoting employment pathways into construction. The connection was made.

After previously working in customer service Olabisi had never considered that an apprenticeship might be possible at her age, but after talking with the Employment & Skills Manager from MACE working on the Tate Modern project she realised that this could be exactly the right way to develop her career.

Mace’s Employment & Skills Manager offered her advice and guidance on ways to improve her CV, creating a stronger picture of her strengths and abilities so she had a better chance of accessing the opportunities available.

She was introduced to JTL, a well-known training provider in the building industry who offer Advanced Modern Apprenticeships in electrical installation, plumbing, heating and ventilation.

The advice from JTL helped build Olabisi’s confidence and technical knowledge and after an initial screening test she had a positive interview with contractors T Clarke to secure an apprenticeship position with them at Tate Modern.  

With the support of the MACE Employment and Skills project supported by Tate Modern, Olabisi was able to secure funding through the Skills Funding Agency to begin her apprenticeship NVQ. She continues to receive support and mentoring from the employment and skills team to ensure that she sustains her employment and continues to develop skills and competencies for her future career in construction.

Matt Walker of T Clarke is pleased too: “Olabisi is fitting in well to the team and already making good progress. Getting experience on site is a really valuable way to gain the skills she needs to progress in her new career. Doing that on such a prestigious and exciting project as Tate Modern Project is an added bonus!”

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