Guisey Adekunbi, Barbara Akinkunmi, Arsen Aleksandrovs, Bhavik Patel, Parvez Sayed and Molly Willderton have now all taken the positions of Assistant Managers working across a variety of disciplines including design, site management and quantity surveying.
Lovell has always had an enviable scheme for graduates in the sector. Lovell London’s Human Resource Manager, Liz Scott, explains : “We’ve always attracted top graduates at Lovell London which is down to the quality of our training programme. A lot of graduate schemes lack any real structure and for a graduate entering the construction industry, which by its nature is multi-disciplined, it’s vital they are given a clear learning path so they can make an informed choice about their chosen future career.”
Stuart Gibbons, Regional Managing Director at Lovell London and Southern added: “I’m delighted to see this ‘Super Six’ group graduate from the Lovell programme. Graduates come to us expecting the programme to be challenging and rewarding and their commitment usually results in a permanent role. We need to recruit for the future and our Graduate Scheme enables us to nurture talent from within. A huge well done to our graduates Giusy, Barbara, Arsen, Bhavik, Parvez and Molly. I look forward to working with you closely in the future.”
Commenting, Barbara Akinkunmi, who graduated from DeMontfort University in Leicester having completed part one of her architecture degree. Barbara said: “After three years at University I knew architecture wasn’t really for me but I loved seeing schemes come to life and actually being built.
“Chatting to a friend already on the Lovell Graduate Scheme I was completely sold and applied straight away and was accepted. I’ve loved my experience within construction over the last two years because of the insight it has given me. I’ve rotated around several departments and while this has contributed to my path and journey within the Industry, it’s also helped me gain a thorough understanding about the impact one decision might have on another discipline. If I’d gone straight into an architecture role from Uni I’m not sure I would have grasped everything fully the way I have now. It’s proven to be a vital learning point.”
Barbara added: “The best part about the Scheme has definitely been the exposure to stages within construction and the mentoring I’ve received. I’m still learning a great deal, I’m a bit like a sponge and I’m just soaking it all up every day. The beauty of Lovell is that I have no doubt that I can continue to build and progress within my career whilst ensuring that I remain true to my own personal values. Outside of work, I volunteer 2-3 nights a week for a community initiative called COD Group, we work with young people from socially challenged backgrounds and support them with advice and mentoring with the intention of giving them the skills and confidence to get into various endeavours of work.”
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