Olympic Legacy: Stratford welcomes Budding Brunels

The Trust has recently worked with Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, PRP Environmental, John Rowan and Partners and Schneider Electric to deliver a very unique Budding Brunels course funded by CITB at the Olympic Park.

31 students from Newham College, Barking and Dagenham College and Charter School took part in the project which was centred around the regeneration, sustainability and legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. During the 3-day project, students were introduced to leading industry professionals from the partner construction companies, and 10 students were offered work experience opportunities with Atkins, Schneider Electric and John Rowan and Partners.

The first day of the project was hosted at View Tube, which provided a great learning space with panoramic views across the Olympic and Paralympic Park. View Tube’s education team introduced the site by giving an overview of the Park’s sustainability. Students were then given interactive career presentations by an array of industry professionals working on the Olympic Park legacy transformations. The presentations offered an insight into design, engineering, site management and quantity surveying. The sessions were complemented by a range of activities centred around the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

On the second day of the project the students were given tours around different areas of the park. Senior professionals at BAM Nuttall based their tours at the Velodrome, focusing on their role in leading the redevelopment and landscaping of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Leaders at Balfour Beatty, currently working on the redevelopment of the Aquatics Centre, gave tours of their site showing how it will be maintained beyond the games as a public swimming pool and training centre. 

The third day was held at the Siemens Centre for Urban Sustainability at The Crystal, and began with students completing a quiz to engage with the content around urban sustainability presented in the exhibition. During the afternoon students were interviewed by representatives from Construction Youth Trust and Schneider Electric for the on-site work experience placements with John Rowan and Partners, Atkins, BAM Nuttall and Schneider over the summer holidays.

Christine Townley, Construction Youth Trust Executive Director commented:

‘We are delighted to have used one of the most successful construction projects in recent history to inform and enthuse young people from East London about the range of opportunities within the built environment. It is vital that we continue to work with forward-thinking companies working on major projects such as the Olympics, in order to support young people who may be facing significant barriers to accessing the construction professions.’