From the beauty parlour to bricks and mortar

9 February 2021

Many of us went through changes in our lives during 2020. For one Wembley mum, this was a career leap from the beauty industry to the gritty world of construction. 

Keneza Scarlett, 27, has always lived in the borough where she is also proud to be raising her daughter. Last year, she applied for a site admin and liaison apprenticeship through Brent Works. During lockdown, she learned to be more patient; juggling motherhood and managing her own workload. After a successful interview, Keneza started on site in December at the Hillside and Milton Avenue Project in Stonebridge with Higgins Partnerships.

“Initially, I was a bit worried and nervous about the role, and being a woman in construction, but everyone has been extremely friendly and supportive,” Keneza said. “I’ve gained skills in multitasking, communication, time management, and organisation to manage my apprenticeship and workload. The team is very helpful and 100 percent supportive of my development.”

Before joining Higgins Partnerships, Keneza studied business admin and retail level one at Harrow College and then progressed on the level two with her employer.

She said: “I like the direction my career is going in and really enjoy getting up every day to come to work, so I definitely would like a career in the construction industry and I’m excited to learn more.”

Work on the Hillside development began in November last year and is due to be finished by August 2022. When complete, the site will house 51 one, two and three bedroom apartments across two blocks of up to seven storeys high, with a roof terrace on both blocks. The Milton Avenue site will feature a terrace of twenty-two four bedroom, and three storey townhouses.

Call to action:

During National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February), Brent Works is running a series of webinars to promote its opportunities.