Last month, St James, part of the Berkeley Group, joined forces with Construction Youth Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to deliver a three day ‘Budding Brunels’ career advice and guidance workshop at White City Living for two local schools: Hammersmith Academy and Fulham Enterprise Studios. White City Living is part of the £8 billion regeneration of the White City Opportunity Area.
Created by Construction Youth Trust, the Budding Brunels programme, funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, targets a diverse demographic of young people to help introduce them to career opportunities within the built environment sector. Over three days, students from both Hammersmith Academy and Fulham Enterprise Studios participated in a range of activities designed to encourage students to explore a potential career in construction whilst gaining employability skills.
On the first day of the programme students were shown around the new White City Living project which is currently under construction. Following their site tour students then attended an industry networking event with members of the St James team. This activity was designed to give the students the opportunity to talk to a variety of different professionals within the industry such as Commercial, Construction, Technical, Sales and Marketing. On day two, the students participated in a range of construction-based activities, including tower building and stakeholder engagement, which allowed the pupils to gain valuable insight into the world of construction.
The final day of the Budding Brunels workshop ended with a presentation to a panel of St James employees and the students presenting to them, followed by a series of 1 to1 interviews and feedback led by St James.
Five students have been invited back to White City Living in the New Year for one week’s work experience which will add valuable experience to their UCAS and employment applications.
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, and specifically the White City Living project. 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."
Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts said: “We’re working hard to unleash the skills, talents and aspirations of our young residents to equip them to take advantage of the opportunities that go with the growth and development we’re seeing across the borough as a result of our Industrial Strategy. We want everyone to share this prosperity, whatever their background, and that’s what this scheme aims to support.”