Last month on the 21st - 23rd March, a Budding Brunels project ran in Newcastle in partnership with AECOM, a global consultancy that provides professional, technical and management support services.
On day one, students were given the opportunity to network with professionals from both AECOM and Carillion and gained an insight into a diversevariety of roles, such as Sustainability Manager, Bridge Engineer, CAD Technician and Site Ecologist. They also had a guided tour of part of the Morpeth Northern Bypass which was the focus for the site visit.
The second day took place at the AECOM offices in Newcastle, where students took part in a range of activities to develop their understanding of the complexity of planning and delivering a construction project and the variety of roles involved. Again professionals from AECOM were on hand to offer advice and their experience where needed.
Finally on the last day, with the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University as our hosts, it was a chance for students to consolidate everything they learnt over the course into a formal presentation, very much like what happens in the real world, in front of a professional panel who eventually decided upon a winner.
From the feedback given, the students found it both beneficial and a valuable experience and a big thank you goes out to all at AECOM, Carillion and Newcastle University who helped make this course such a success.
To find out more about the Budding Brunels programme, click here or contact the team at Construction Youth Trust – firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 467 9540