What better way to promote careers in construction following National Careers Week than to thank British Land, Mace Group, TFL, FM Conway, Laing O’ Rourke, Squire Partners, Waterman Group, Network Rail, Carillion, Sir Robert Mc Alpine and HS2 who all last month offered our students a total of 48 week-long work placements in different construction positions. These work placements will play a vital role for the students, giving the opportunity to explore first hand the world of construction.
These placements not only will help our Budding Brunels to boost their CVs but also gain experience in the sector that will prove valuable should they pursue a future in the industry. Students gained their placements having attended a 3 day industry funded Budding Brunels course. Placements were offered based on good performance during the Budding Brunels scheme and their performance in industry interviews as part of our industry-led employability skills training. Students who engaged well with the programme but showed a lack of confidence in the interviews were also offered work placements designed to help boost their confidence and self esteem.
Molly, 18 is one of the students offered a work placement with Wilmott Dixon. Interested in construction from a young age she took part in the Budding Brunels programme which she thoroughly enjoyed particularly because she got to meet professionals and visit construction sites. The most exciting feature of the programme for Molly has been her work placement with Wilmott Dixon - She describes how positive and exciting this experience has been for her:
“An amazing experience! I learnt what the job involves day to day; I learnt new skills and learnt more about buildings and construction.” Molly also got to travel the world, well, Derby, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Nottingham where she was able to meet clients on sites.
Molly recommends that all students interested in industry related professions undertake a work placement as “ It will open your eyes to what it is really like to work in construction , it will build your confidence and you will learn so much from it - you will be able to see things you never thought you would”. Wilmott Dixon were so impressed with Molly during her placement that they have agreed to mentor her until she finishes college and then, Molly’s new goal, the company’s graduate scheme.
Her advice to all students who have been given the opportunity to do a work placement is to : “Ask as many questions as you can, do as much as you are able to do and enjoy every bit of it.”
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