Oxford's Budding Brunels given access to New Bodleian redevelopment

Mace and Construction Youth Trust offer accredited placement opportunities on historic site

Construction Youth Trust in partnership with international consultancy and construction company Mace recently provided an un-paralleled insight into the development of a major restoration project, providing students from local schools the opportunity to take part in a 3-day  Budding Brunels course centered around Oxford’s Weston library site.  The accredited Open College Network programme features summer work placements with Mace for participants who excel on the project.

Hosted by the University of Oxford’s department of Engineering Science and Oxford Brookes University’s department of Real Estate and Construction, students from Oxford Spires Academy, Matthew Arnold School and Cherwell School were given introductions to careers within the built environment by heads of departments and the Mace site team. The students were also able to interact with the project client, the Bodleian Libraries Estate, and were given a chance to explore the campus redevelopment at Oxford Brookes University thanks to the ‘Space to Think’ design team.

Following an interview process led by Mace on the final day, six students have been selected for post-project work placements, providing an opportunity to improve future job prospects through invaluable on-site experience.

Christine Townley, Executive Director at Construction Youth Trust said:

“With the Budding Brunels programme we are targeting bright Year 12 students from non-priveleged backgrounds who are studying STEM subjects. We want to see these young people benefit from industry-led careers guidance and show them just how varied the progression routes into the sector can be.

“The programme aims to increases participants’ chances of achieving social mobility and to help them to make the right choices at a key point in their academic and personal development.”

Budding Brunels is endorsed by the Construction Industry Council and the Institution of Civil Engineers, and has been recognised by the Office for Fair Access as an access programme increasing students’ chances of participating in higher education.

Tim Court, Associate Director, Mace, commented:

“It was great fun engaging with the students and relating our industry experience to what could be the next generation of industry experts. Their enthusiasm and positive interest was a real credit to them. We have just started the first of the work placements and I am sure this will give them further positive insight into this fantastic industry.”