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Year 9 at Jo Richardson School visit local regeneration Barking Riverside housing site

With the increasing amount of regeneration projects happening across London, there has been a lot of discussion how best to ensure that regeneration benefits local residents, rather than side-lining the community.

We took a group of Year 9 students from Jo Richardson School in Dagenham to the local Barking Riverside housing development so they could talk to the people redeveloping their local area. L&Q are in charge of the regeneration project and a number of L&Q industry volunteers were on hand to meet our students. Our young people were taken through the vision for the project as...

Bacon’s College Year 10 students get a behind the scenes look at Durkan’s Manor Place site

Durkan’s Manor Place site is a mixed use development and forms part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle. We took a group of Year 10 Students from Bacon’s College to see the site in its latter stages of development.

Tony Gallagher, Project Director, and his team took the students through the initial stages of the project, before explaining that the site they would see is now in advanced stages; albeit there still being a lot of work to do! Being able to walk around a near completed site, the students were able to really appreciate the amount of work that goes into a...

Year 8 at Compass School Meet the Professionals

70 Year 8 students took part in our Meet the Professionals session, a new session we’ve been developing for CITB as part of the Contextualised Curriculum project.

Meet the Professionals was initially designed as a session for KS4 students as an opportunity to broaden their career considerations. However, one of the main aims of our Schools Partnership work is to engage with young people at an early stage in order to introduce and inspire them about the diverse range of available careers in the construction and built environment industry, so we decided to trial the session with Year 8...

Collaborating all day, every day - a full day out at Ark King Solomon Academy

To tackle negative misperceptions about industry and inspire young people about careers in construction and the built environment, it is essential that the industry collaborates and presents itself as a unified sector.

We are proud that all of the sessions delivered as part of our Schools Partnership strategy are supported by industry professionals hailing from a diverse range of roles and companies. We recently spent a day with students from King Solomon Academy, taking along 14 industry volunteers to help facilitate a CV workshop and explore the skills employers look for before spending...

Thamesview Year 11's visit Balfour Beatty's Springhead Bridge site

A major advantage of the Schools Partnership strategy is our ability to maintain meaningful long-lasting relationships with students.

Thamesview School is located within our Ebbsfleet hub and across the past academic year we've worked with a number of different students, primarily across Year 10 and Year 11.

An opportunity came up for a group of Year 11’s to visit Balfour Beatty’s Springhead Bridge site, but the visit was scheduled for the first Tuesday of the Easter holidays. Asking 15 – 16 year olds to interrupt the beloved chocolate filled holiday break...

Collaborating with University of West London based production company W5 Productions

We had a great time working with W5 Productions, a University of West London based production company, to create a bespoke interview skills film for our Interview Skills schools session as part of the L&Q Learning to Succeed programme.

At the Trust we're always striving to find our young people professional industry experience in order to best prepare them for the working world, so when it came to choosing a production company to help us create a bespoke film for our Interview Skills session we were determined to work with someone who shared our values and desire to provide...

Inspiring beyond the session

We were delighted to hear the impact that our Carbon Challenge has had on one of our Schools Partnerships schools.

The Carbon Challenge is designed as an interactive session that expands on students’ knowledge of carbon footprints and ways that emissions can be managed and reduced. The session utilises the new and emerging techniques that the Built Environment sector is using to improve sustainability as both examples of good practice and a chance for students to explore the many careers options available in industry. The session encourages students to think about their own carbon...

New sessions released for our Schools Partnership strategy!

We're very proud to have added an additional six sessions to our Schools Partnership programme.

Since the inception of the Schools Partnership strategy it has been of the utmost importance to the Trust to ensure that we are offering our schools a varied programme of sessions that not only inspire students about careers in the construction and built environment industry, but that also fit alongside the curriculum as well as helping schools hit the Gatsby Benchmarks.

As with the entirety of our session catalogue, the new sessions all centre around industry volunteers representing...

Eastbury School discover Construction and the Digital Industry

A major misconception of the construction and built environment industry is that all careers focus on manual labour.

As part of the Schools Partnership programme we deliver sessions that smash this falsehood and introduce the full range of available careers.

Alongside volunteers Lucy and Maxine from Willmott Dixon, the Trust spent a morning exploring Construction and the Digital Industry with year 9 students at Eastbury Community School. The session demonstrated how the digital sector is fundamental to modern industry and the necessity of digital roles in all aspects of a...

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Construction Careers and How to Achieve Them

Through our Schools Partnership programme we don’t only aim to inspire young people to pursue a career in the construction and built environment, we also give them practical advice and support on how to achieve them.

The Trust spent a session with students from Fulham Enterprise Studios exploring the types of interviews that they will be expected to undertake to secure places on apprenticeship and further education programmes. For many of the students the session represented their first encounter with the interviewing process. The students covered techniques equipping them for...