UK construction manager helps to create skills employers and industry needs today

Alison Lamplough, Head of Operational Training at the UK’s largest privately owned construction firm joins the Board of NOCN, an organisation that has been helping to give people the skills to get a job or an apprenticeship for over 25 years.

In charge of training 4,500 people at Laing O’Rourke’s European Hub, Alison brings a wealth of experience. She has responsibility for all site based training, including the development of new industry qualifications and is also chair of the Construction Trailblazers Apprenticeship Employer Group.

In her role to develop new vocational qualifications Alison works with sector skills councils, awarding bodies and other key stakeholders and has worked with NOCN for some time now on a new style employer-led apprenticeship undertaken in line with the Government’s Richard Review principles.

On joining the NOCN Board Alison said:

“Working with NOCN I was extremely impressed with their approach, in particular their role in supporting industry to create qualifications that employers need not what they as an awarding body think industry should have. This is clearly the way forward with the Richards review putting employers in the driving seat, but it was just the way things are done at NOCN which was like a breath of fresh air.”

The charitable objectives of NOCN are at the heart of what drives the organisation and I’m excited to be part of the future of NOCN as it moves forward.”

Following a successful funding bid to develop a new employer led Level 2 Apprenticeship for Steelfixing (an area identified nationally as one of the gaps in core skills); Laing O’Rourke selected a group of colleges including Bridgwater, Gateshead and the National Construction College to deliver the formal training component. And, after a full tendering process, they appointed NOCN to support the development of the qualification. The qualification has been designed to upskill existing workforces and introduces the use of new technology into site based work.

NOCN Managing Director, Graham Hasting Evans said:

“The construction industry is going through challenging times due to a skills shortage and an aging workforce but it’s also experiencing an exciting period of change. Since working with Laing O’Rourke, and in particular Alison, we’ve been impressed with her extensive knowledge and experience. We’re confident that having Alison on our board will help us to continue to create new and worthwhile qualifications to fit around what today’s businesses need.”