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Luigi Pettinato

Graduate Engineer

"The company is open minded and respectful of different people – and focused on talent. This is one of the best, if not the best, British construction companies there is."

What brought you to the UK and Sir Robert McAlpine?

When my last job came to an end, I decided to move to the UK as months I was still struggling to find a new job. The construction industry in Italy is on a dead point. I thought the UK was the best for a new start. Once I moved here, and started researching jobs and employers, it was clear they were one of the best names in the sector.

What were your first impressions of the business?

My new colleagues were so welcoming and kind with me, even if some found it quite hard to understand me at first because of my English level. It really does feel like a family. 

How does working on a Sir Robert McAlpine site compare to Italy?

There are different ways of working, for sure. The thing I really notice is the much greater focus on safety. In Italy I struggled to get safe conditions sometimes while here is an everyday duty.

And what are you enjoying most about your role?

I have more variety than I had been used to. I’m getting to work on different aspects of the projects – groundworks, steel works, cladding. I am keen to continue to develop and increase my experience, and move on to bigger projects.

What has been your most memorable moment so far?

When I was first given responsibility for looking after a team of subcontractors. That was great. It put some pressure on me, but it proved the company trusted in my abilities. That’s a good feeling.

What is your favourite Sir Robert McAlpine project?

The London Olympic Stadium. It’s one of those ‘once in a career projects’ that anyone would be proud to work on.

How would you sum up Sir Robert McAlpine in three words?

Professional, familiar, developing.

What would you say to someone thinking of apply to join us?

You must apply. The company is open minded and respectful of different people – and focused on talent. This is one of the best, if not the best, British construction companies there is.

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