From construction to destruction for Poplar apprentice

PUBLISHED: 20:00 25 February 2014

Robbie Brown, apprentice

Robbie Brown, apprentice


A young father has secured a job with a demolition company after helping to build Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of an apprenticeship scheme.

Robbie Brown, 21, from Poplar, has been a construction operative apprentice with building firm BAM Nuttall since December.

Thanks to the apprenticeship, run by the London Legacy Development Corporation, he has since landed a permanent job with demolition contractor Scudder, part of the Carey Group.

Robbie said: “I left school at 16 and did some construction work, but it took me a few years to decide what I wanted to do. “I landed an apprenticeship at Queen Elizabeth

Olympic Park, which is great as I have a little boy, and I thought to myself, ‘If I’m bringing a little boy

into this world, then it’s only right that I give him things that I never had’.”

He added: “I’m very proud of being able to contribute to the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “We’re just weeks away from the opening of the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 5 and it’s fantastic that so many Tower Hamlets residents like Robbie have played a part in getting us here.”

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