We’ve been working with Taylor Wimpey in North Kent connecting them to local upcoming talent.
We have been working with five North Kent schools, over the past two years, as part of Schools Partnership programme delivering sessions to the whole student body. We’ve created strong relationship with the schools, particularly supporting Year 11 students as they begin to consider their post 16 options.
Led by Senior Programme Manager Donna Jones, the team took the Year 11 students on a journey from initially discovering industry careers to gaining practical industry experience and developing their employability skills. Towards the end of the academic year, we arranged for Taylor Wimpey Apprenticeship Manager Huw Collings to conduct an apprenticeship briefing for our Year 11 students in North Kent. After hearing about the range of available apprenticeships and the application process applicants need to undertake, twenty-five students registered their interest in applying with seven students finally making a full application for a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.
Based on our ongoing relationship with the seven young people, Taylor Wimpey agreed to fast track all seven applicants to the assessment centre stage of the application process. We were delighted that following the assessment centre, all seven students were asked to attend individual interviews, the final phase of the application process.
Throughout the apprenticeship application process, the team gave extra one-to-one support to the students in order to best prepare them for their upcoming assessments. For young people who have little to no experience of being interviewed, an apprenticeship application process is more than a little daunting.
Construction Youth Trust has allowed us to gain access to students that perhaps we wouldn’t have come across. Generally apprenticeships are not promoted enough in schools. People don’t realise that construction is one of the highest paying industries, especially for young people and school leavers. By having access to students through Construction Youth Trust’s school contacts it has allowed me to bust any myths about us being a dangerous and low paid profession. Huw Collings, Apprentice Manager, Taylor Wimpey South East.
We were absolutely thrilled that Taylor Wimpey offered five of our students Bricklaying Apprenticeships, with the other two students placed on the first reserve list. Securing places against a hundred and seventy two applicants, this is a massive achievement for our Ebbsfleet boys.
By embedding ourselves in a local area, getting to know the young people and the industry partners in that area, we are delighted to be able to connect young people to opportunities. We believe that it is our duty to help level the playing field for young people facing barriers to employment and enable them to achieve their full career potential.