Following our successful work experience programme pilot last year, we were delighted to be able to offer our programme to year 9 and 10 students across our school partners this summer term.
Working with schools from Lewisham to Kensington and Chelsea, our programme aims to demonstrate the diverse range of roles with the construction and built environment sector and how construction is an industry with opportunities for all. We were delighted to be supported by 103 volunteers across the 7 programmes.
In their teams, students are tasked to design a community centre for their local area. Just like in a real job, students have to ensure that they meet a client’s needs, while being faced with plenty of challenges along the way! Throughout the week, students take on different roles within the construction industry including architects, project managers, engineers, marketing managers and design managers in order to bring their community centre to life and create the most compelling project pitch possible.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the CYT work experience program for the young people of Kensington & Chelsea. It’s really great to see the change in attitudes and demeanour as the week progresses and you really start to see each individual shine through. Both for confidence, understanding of the sector and industry plus character building, the program worked well. Something I would be more than happy to engage in again.’- Michael Adeniran – Construction & Partnership Advisor at RBKC
Following feedback from the initial pilot, we have developed the work experience programme further to make it even more adaptable, exciting, and accessible for the young people. The programme seamlessly integrates visits to both construction sites and offices. The site visits are an incredibly useful tool to help our young people, especially those taking on the new Site Manager role in the programme, understand the scope of a building project and to inform their own project designs.
Thank you to all the employers who have supported our workplace and site visits including, Morgan Sindall, Berkeley St James, Kier Construction, ENGIE, Millcroft Group, Lewisham Homes, Watkin Jones and Wates
‘It was a great experience for us too, impressive presentations & very inspiring!’- Ilaria Aguecia, Social Value Lead LSE at Faithful+Gould.
Again, a huge thank you for the success that was the construction course you ran at Phoenix Academy. The measure of success for me was the fact that students would consider a career within the sector whereas before they were reticent about even doing a week on a construction course- School Lead at Phoenix Academy.
To ensure the young people gain useful insights into their designated roles, industry volunteers are on hand to provide their expert advice. This summer an astounding 103 industry volunteers joined our work experience programmes from a range of organisations within the sector. Working with employers can be incredibly transformative for young people, as it brings the world of work to life and plays an important part of raising career aspirations. Volunteers who attended the project presentations as part of a judging panel at the end of the week, were absolutely blown away by the young people’s creativity and dedication that was demonstrated by their work.
‘It is being a truly great experience for me being involved in this programme and has really encouraged me to look more seriously at how CYT and I can collaborate more effectively in future’- Mary Cunnigham, Schools Advisor at DWP.
Work experience programmes such as these provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to be immersed into the world of work, interact with industry professionals, and develop transferrable skills. We were thrilled to be able to welcome even more young people this year and hope that the programme has inspired some of the next generation to consider our innovative sector when thinking about their next steps.