Battersea Power Station welcomes its 100th apprentice

Battersea Power Station has welcomed its 100th local apprentice working on the restoration of the Grade II* listed Power Station, bringing the total number of local construction apprentices from Wandsworth and Lambeth working on the project since it began in 2013 to 176.

Opening to the public in late Summer, the London landmark will be the centrepiece of a new ‘15-minute’ live, work and play neighbourhood, which will act as a new hub for the local and wider communities, a new business quarter for the capital and an exciting retail and leisure destination for Londoners and international visitors.

Kallol Karanjai, a 38-year-old Electrical Apprentice for TClarke, is the 100th local apprentice to work on the Power Station building, the second phase of the wider redevelopment project. Wandsworth resident, Kallol, heard about the apprenticeship through Wandsworth Work Match, Wandsworth Council’s brokerage service.

Battersea Power Station and its contractors work in partnership with Work Match to offer job and apprenticeship opportunities to local people.

On being the 100th apprentice to work on the restoration of the London landmark, Kallol Karanjai said: “I’m delighted and I’m pleased that I can help raise awareness of how apprenticeships can enable you to develop new skills and a career at any age.

“When I started applying for apprenticeships, I was worried that employers would only consider recent school leavers but the team at Battersea Power Station have been extremely welcoming and supportive. I really enjoy working on the iconic Power Station itself, it’s a huge reputable project which will definitely stand out on my CV.”

Director of Battersea Power Station’s BASE (Battersea Academy for Skills and Employment), Andre Burwood said: “Developing a unique community and neighbourhood, which generates opportunities for local residents has always been important to our shareholders and we’re delighted that we have been able to offer 100 apprentices’ roles which are helping to restore the iconic Power Station itself back to its former glory.

“We have seen an increasing number of people looking to change career paths during the pandemic and apprenticeships are a great opportunity to learn new skills which open doors to different industries.

“Getting people upskilled and into work is a primary focus at Battersea Power Station and we work with education providers, local councils and businesses to ensure we deliver the best for
our local community and for our project.”

To date, the Battersea Power Station development has filled 606 construction and 136 operational jobs with local residents in Wandsworth and Lambeth on top of the 176 local apprenticeships.

The project is currently recruiting for roles in property management and security, as well as looking for more apprentices to work across the active construction sites on the 42-acre development.