Team Talk

Team Talk

Iwan Evans, 2019 – present:

Describe LBA in three words:

  • Supportive
  • Collaborative
  • Sociable

What do you enjoy about coming to work every day?

Chatting to colleagues about their work on a variety different commissions around the UK.

How did you hear of LBA / what made you want to work here?

In 2016, a family friend had a relative who was part of the team at LBA, and they helped me arrange my sixth form work experience in London. During my time, I was able to observe the construction of the Bond Street station upgrade, as well as work with people from a variety of different engineering disciplines on work from calculations to station aesthetics. It really gave me a good taste of what kind of career I could be starting. My work experience at LBA was one of the things that really convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering. I went on to get a mechanical engineering degree and apply for a full-time position with LBA.

What have you learnt since joining LBA?

LBA has never been afraid to invest in me and has been great at offering me opportunities to expand my skillset through courses and internal support. I’ve completed CAD and fire safety courses, which have both expanded my knowledge and helped me achieve valuable relevant qualifications. I’ve also gained invaluable real-world experience, working directly with a wide variety of qualified and experienced engineers. This has helped me learn more about the broader industry, as opposed to the engineering taught in a university lecture.

What has been the best thing about LBA in your experience so far?

One of the social nights for sure, if not the Christmas party then the darts night. But I also love working on the underground – seeing the unopened Crossrail tunnels for the first time was amazing. Advice to anyone thinking of applying here. To really try to get your personality across while applying. Being part of the team at LBA is important and they should try and show that they’re up for that.

Naomi Beasley, 2020 – present:

Describe LBA in three words:

  • Warm
  • Welcoming
  • Progressive

What do you enjoy about coming to work every day?

The part I love about coming to work every day is the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is willing to help anyone. Every day is also different, something new every day.

How did you hear of LBA / what made you want to work here?

I heard about LBA through a recruiter. She informed me of the Admin Assistant position that had opened and knew I would be the right fit. My choice to work for LBA was made during the interview. They were friendly and honest in answering all my questions and valued a person’s attitude and approach to work. They made me feel like a part of the team before I was even a team member.

What have you learnt since joining LBA?

Coming from a completely different background (The Royal Navy) I thought I would be completely lost hearing engineering terms, but any question I had was answered so precisely and easily that I learnt very quickly.rom acronyms to each branch under the engineering tree. Also, I have learnt that a lot of hard work and effort goes into the behind
the scenes of all engineering projects.

What has been the best thing about LBA in your experience so far?

The best part about LBA in my experience so far is how adaptable the company is. Joining the team, a week before the first lockdown, and then everyone being told to work from home, it was amazing to see how the directors put a plan in motion to ensure everyone had everything they needed for a home set up. LBA is nothing but adaptable and fluid, which grows in line with procedures, and tirelessly looks and is sought out, for new opportunities.

Advice to anyone thinking of applying here.

My advice to anyone thinking about applying here is to just go for it. They are future focussed and always want to progress and help young new engineers. They also value expertise in a field. If you have a fountain of knowledge, experience is very welcome.

Sam Raja, 2017 – present:

Describe LBA in three words:

  • Caring (like a little family!)
  • Always going the extra mile
  • Extremely supportive

What do you enjoy about coming to work every day?

The people you work with and the interface you have/relationships you build whilst working on different projects.

How did you hear of LBA / what made you want to work here?

Through a colleague I used to work with (Brian Wareham) on the Bond Street Station project. I was working with CH2M at the time and then went abroad to Dubai. I kept in touch
with Brian who recommended LBA to me. I had a nice warm welcome from the team when I first met them too.

What have you learnt since joining LBA?

I’ve learnt a lot – not sure where to start! From numerous assurance-related activities I have been involved in during my time on the HS2 project (which has been the bulk of the work I have been involved with since joining LBA) to Quality Management (auditing) and also commercial awareness.

What has been the best thing about LBA in your experience so far?

LBA is always encouraging career progression and always willing to provide support throughout your journey with them.

Advice to anyone thinking of applying here.

If they would like to work for a company who cares about their health and wellbeing then this is the company to join! LBA is always supportive and goes over and beyond to meet each employee’s requirements and needs.