Our Budding Brunels visit Skanska's K1 project in Knightsbridge

This month, the Trust partnered with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Skanska to deliver another Budding Brunels course. The aim of this course was to inspire the Borough’s talented sixth formers to consider becoming tomorrow’s architects, engineers, surveyors, and project managers.

Over the three-day course, the 18 students from Chelsea Academy, Kensington Aldridge Academy, Kensington & Chelsea College, and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial were given insights in to the modern methods of construction and given a behind-the-scenes tour of the K1 project in Knightsbridge. The students also met with inspiring role models from Skanska, who were able to challenge the stereotypes commonly associated with the industry. The Budding Brunels were also given information about local career opportunities such as higher level and degree apprenticeships, a debt-free alternative to full time study at a university.

The final day of the course saw students complete a Dragons Den-style presentation to a panel that included local Cllr Catherine Faulks, the K1 Project Manager, and the Head of Communication at CapCo. Students were then able to carry out mock interviews with Skanska professionals.

Students who demonstrated a passion for the industry throughout the course will now be selected for a work placement with Skanska, or other Construction Youth Trust partners.

Here’s what one of the students had to say.

“Over the three days, I've learned about the numerous career paths within construction. Meeting with the various professionals and discussing their responsibilities highlighted the diversity in this sector, which I had been completely unaware of before.

For me, the most enjoyable aspect of the course was working on the project and delivering the presentation on it. Everyone did as much as they could to showcase a professional proposal and it really paid off.”

Laura, 17, from Chelsea Academy.

Carol Lynch, CEO of Construction Youth Trust, said:

“We’re delighted to have given this group of students an inspiring insight into the built environment sector. Construction is all too often seen as an industry of last resort for young people, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a huge breadth of exciting, aspirational professional careers offered by our industry, as well as entry routes that enable young people to gain a degree without getting into debt.

Thank you to both the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Skanska for their support in running this project to help young people widen their career horizon.”

Cllr Catherine Faulks, Kensington and Chelsea Lead Member for Skills and Enterprise, said:

“It was so impressive to listen to all the students as they presented to us.  I am delighted that we have been involved in helping to provide such an exciting opportunity to the students.  And I want to thank them and their schools for the support in entering this project and I sure we have seen some future stars of the architect and engineering world.”