In July, a cohort of young people attended a 4-week Developer’s Challenge based in Lambeth, to give them a taster of the careers available in the construction and built environment sector and discover local opportunities.
Led by top industry employers our young people had the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals, benefitting from their expertise and receiving a first-hand insight into construction roles. The programme also helped to equip our young people with the necessary employability skills, such as team work and communication skills to best prepare them for the world of work. Each young person had the opportunity to devise their own bespoke timetable from a menu of practical construction tasters, real life site visits and employability support allowing them to engage at a pace best suited to them and ensuring they attended sessions of most interest and value.
A major aim of the programme was to expand the young people’s professional networks and connect them to industry employers with tangible opportunities to help advance a young person’s career journey. 4 of our young people successfully interviewed for bricklaying work experience placements with Berkeley Homes, a possible career which they discovered and displayed an aptitude for during the programme. Ahead of their interviews, we supported 2 of the young people through our bursary scheme to purchase interview outfits ensuring that they had the right attire to confidently attend and impress at their interviews.
I found the Lambeth developer’s challenge extremely helpful in the sense of supporting me with good advice and networking out to different companies and because of the support I managed to get onto a bricklaying apprenticeship I wanted with ease. - Participant
All 4 young people successfully secured work experience placements. However, due to the practical onsite nature of the placements, our young people had to attain their CSCS cards. Our young people knuckled down and we have been working with the cohort to secure their cards. Two of the young people have already passed their CCSCS tests with another booked in showing their dedication to making the most of the opportunity ahead of them with Berkeley Homes. On successful completion of their work experience placements all 4 young people stand to be offered a bricklaying apprenticeship. We can’t wait to bring you the next installment of their journey!