ESF Careers Cluster Project – the Core Five Pathways Pilot is exploring alternative routes into construction careers!

24/11/2021 News

Through the Construction Youth Trust Careers Cluster project, funded by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, we have launched the Core Five Pathways Pilot in Ark Walworth school to help equip Year 12 students with the information and skills they need to access apprenticeship opportunities.  

Our Pathways Pilot programme at Ark Walworth school, explores alternative post-18 routes into construction and built environment careers with a focus on apprenticeships with the entirety of Year 12. The pilot was developed after the school recognised a need to ensure that students were aware of all the available routes to higher level and degree learning, and that the traditional route of A-Levels to university isn’t the only one open to them. Through a variety of informative sessions exploring apprenticeships including higher level and degree, recruitment processes and the employability skills for making successful applications, students are introduced to the ‘learn-and-earn’ route which avoids the debt of a traditional university degree.   

Core Five are our wonderful employer partner for the pilot and have been an intrinsic part of the development and delivery of the sessions. Different members of the Core Five team have supported pilot sessions, offering insight into the variety of apprenticeship opportunities available within industry. As a local employer, Core Five are also expertly placed to support students to understand the skills and attitudes employers are looking for in new recruits.  

We are incredibly passionate about our relationship with CYT and want to use this platform to help young people discover a career in the construction and built environment sector. Our aim is to help remove some of the barriers and to encourage a broader and more diverse range of perspectives within our industry. Engaging with students in our local community and sharing our experience and knowledge is a great way of doing this. We hope to see some of the students applying for our Core Five Apprenticeship program very soon! - Nicky Hannon, Core Five Operations Manager 

We are really excited for our upcoming practical session where Core Five will host a mock Assessment Centre giving students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to take part in an Assessment Centre and the skills needed to impress potential employers.

Core Five play an instrumental part in grounding the pilot within industry, inspiring students to perform to their full potential and elevating sessions like the mock Assessment Centre from a ‘practice at school’ to something much more meaningful and connected to the real world of work.  Core Five have also been supporting students through work experience placements, an integral part of a young person’s career journey.   

We are looking forward to giving you another update on this pilot and our work with Core Five in the very near future!