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 an afternoon working on mock interviews.  

We were joined by volunteers from Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke, Multiplex, Building Engineering Services Association, Mace and the Department of Work and Pensions. During the sessions students were able to find out first-hand what it takes to be a Sustainability Manager or what it’s like being on a construction graduate programme, to understand the roles behind the titles and meet the people wearing them.

Without the support of our industry volunteers, and the generous donation of their time, we wouldn’t be able to as effectively help young people discover the world of construction and the built environment. It is through the passion of our volunteers and their stories of experience that we able to shine a spotlight on the opportunities available within the sector. We want to inspire students to enter an industry where the potential for exciting and progressive careers exists; to an industry where they can realise their full career potential.