Hidden Careers in the Supplier and Merchanting Sector

As part of the first 6 months of the Maddie Rose Campaign, Construction Youth Trust and wider industry have pledged to engage over 200 pupils across 11 target pilot schools and colleges in London and North Kent to open up the fantastic careers in the supplier and merchanting sector.

The Hidden Careers in the Supplier and Merchanting Sector session showcases the wide range of careers available in our sector. The session aims to break down the stereotypes of the kinds of careers available in the construction and built environment and welcome a new generation of diverse young talent.

‘I enjoyed finding out more information, I now have a better understanding of the industry’- Student

More than just a careers networking session, the Hidden Careers session is a dynamic introduction to careers. Student's are tasked with discovering the career roles of a varied group of sector professionals and in small groups student's carousel around a number of different industry professionals. Only allowed to ask yes-or-no questions, students must glean as much useful information as they can in 5 minutes to try and uncover the hidden careers. Students are supplied with answer prompts and career clues to aid their investigations. Once the groups have carousel-ed around all the industry professionals, the professionals un-veil their career and give a more in-depth insight into their career journeys and roles.

Construction Youth Trust were delighted to welcome volunteers from Travis Perkins in April for the first session delivery with 54 students at Sedgehill Academy in Lewisham, London. With career roles including the early careers and apprenticeship team, sales, supply chain and Health and Safety team. The students had their work cut out identifying the different careers and thoroughly enjoyed discovering careers they had never heard about! The volunteers who attended the session found the students incredibly enthusiastic, and it is sessions like which are so important for our young people to find out about the world of work.

‘It was great to talk with students and raise awareness of some of the unknown roles that exist and are imperative to the construction industry’ - Marianna, Travis Perkins.

Across the coming months Construction Youth Trust will be delivering a whole series of Hidden Careers in the Supplier and Merchanting Sector sessions in schools and colleges in London and North Kent. If you would like to support the sessions and the Maddie Rose Campaign, inspiring the next generation of our sector, please email charlotte.kirkbride@constructionyouth.org.uk. Following the initial pilot of the session, a full session resource pack will be available to download to support organisations of any size to deliver the session in a school or college local to them. The session will be released in September and accessible on the Construction Youth Trust website.