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30/06/2020In order to continue engaging and inspiring students as part of our L&Q Learning to Succeed programme, we’ve been delivering a suite of online...
Designed to inspire young people about the wide range of career opportunities in the sector, each of the five hour long sessions is supported by a diverse range of industry volunteers from Civil Engineers to Sustainability Managers. Young people have the chance to ask live questions to experts in their field, and take part in interactive tasks that link curriculum learning to world-of-work scenarios.
The sessions are aimed at young people aged 15 and above, for whom work experience plays a vital role in helping them make decisions about their future careers. The week includes a day devoted to building employability skills such as interview techniques, constructing a CV and writing applications and cover letters, all with the invaluable advice and guidance of real life professionals with hiring experience.
“I loved it! I've never really considered construction or anything within that industry as I thought it was just 'bricks and cement’ etc. but this has been really helpful. It's been a great insight and I'm sure everyone has gained so much from it!” – feedback from a young person who attended the programme
There are many common misconceptions surrounding the construction industry, for example that it is male-centric, labour intensive and with a limited range of roles. Connecting young people with professionals in different roles and with different career backgrounds helps debunk these misconceptions and demonstrate the incredible range of opportunities available in the sector.
As part of the week, young people step into the world of engineering for one session, tasked with designing their own Mars bases. In discussions with engineering professionals, participants are encouraged to brainstorm creative solutions to problems such as water and electricity production. On last week’s programme, we were blown away by the innovative ideas our young people came up with! One of the volunteers for this session had a keen interest in aerospace engineering, which made for a particularly lively debate that was hugely inspiring for the young people.
On design day, young people get the chance to try their hand at CAD software SketchUp to create their own 3D designs for a school and experience the vital role technology plays in the planning, design and execution of construction projects.
At the Trust we know that work experience is vital for inspiring and informing young people about their potential career options. Our new online World of Work programme allows us to offer an alternative to young people who have missed out on a traditional work experience placements, ensuring they still have the opportunity to network with employers, experience the workplace and develop skills that will help them take their next steps!