Darren Bolger - Award-Winning Businessman Helps Young People Start a Career in Construction

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Darren Bolger receives Mayoral award from Wandsworth Mayor for services to the community.

Darren Bolger, MD of London Building Specialists, a South London firm which creates beautiful conversions and refurbishments for homes and commercial premises, is taking on apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn the skills of the construction industry.

The industry has been through some difficult times since the financial crash. Darren says, “It is important for the building industry to nurture new talent. Since 2011 we have been helping young people to learn the basic techniques which mean they can work in the industry. Recently we have also added training in ecological construction and materials. So we are looking to the future, as new methods replace older, less environmentally-sound ones.”

Darren Bolger receives Mayoral award

Last year Darren was awarded the Wandsworth Mayor's ‘Badge of Honour’ for services to the community. The Mayor, Cllr Nicola Nardelli, gave Mr Bolger the award at a special ceremony held at the Town Hall. The Mayor and Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce support the apprenticeship scheme. It is open to applications from London-based under 25s from all backgrounds. There are ambitious plans being developed to roll out the scheme across London, starting with South West London boroughs.

Training apprentices in ecological construction

Jackson Tarr is the first apprentice to be trained in the ecological methods. He will be living in local government accommodation and working with London Building Specialists on various of their projects throughout London. The company has been recently featured in The Art of Design Magazine and Opulent Interiors. They have hand-picked teams who create successful loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments, and are often referred to new projects by satisfied clients. Their team includes architects and interior designers who can help people create a home that really feels special and unique. You can see a gallery of completed projects here:


Darren hopes that more young people will see building and construction as rewarding future. “Look at me. I started as a labourer 25 years ago, worked my way up, and now own my own company, with teams of people reporting to me. If I can do this well, anyone can!” He is now helping schoolchildren in the LionHeart Challenge, a nationwide competition where children work in teams to learn entrepreneurial skills.



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