VINCI Construction have taken part in a fantastic 3 day Budding Brunels Plus programme for young students based in Reading.
35 students from Prospect School, Blessed Hugh Farringdon, Reading College, and the John Madjeski Academy had the opportunity to learn all about construction from seasoned professionals in the industry.
The first day of the workshop took place at Reading University where the 35 students who are all studying science, technology, environment and maths (STEM) heard from some young speakers who currently work in the industry, giving them an insight into the professional side of construction. The students were joined by Chris Pape, Director of VINCI Construction UK's Building Division for the Midlands, South West and Wales, and retail, who commented:
"We're delighted to give these students the opportunity to experience the professional side of construction first-hand. It's essential that we invest in our young people and engage and excite them about the build environment. They are our future innovators and we are thrilled to be giving them these opportunities, to encourage them to see for themselves what they could be building in the future".
On the second day of the workshop, students had the opportunity to visit VINCI's live site: the Circle Hospital in Drake Way, South Reading.
The third day involved a visit to VINCI's Innovation and Technology Centre; a unique opportunity for the students who were able to see a life-size model of a new Crossrail Station and hear a talk on Building Information Modelling - a method of designing buildings.
After the workshop, all 35 students took part in interviews, resulting in four of them winning one week work experience opportunities, each at a VINCI site during their half term holidays.
Corrine Harms, London Coordinator, Construction Youth Trust said,
"These three days offer the students a fantastic opportunity to get some direct experience of working in the Built Environment. We really believe in the importance of encouraging young people to enter the Construction industry, and what better way to enthuse them, than by visiting the VINCI Construction UK Technology Centre to witness innovation in practice."
This programme was part of VINCI Construction UK's Stand Out, Make a Difference - a programme that encourages every member of VINCI staff to undertake one day of voluntary action a year for a local community organisation of charity. However employees decide to spend their time, the newly launched Stand Out, Make a Difference day has the potential to deliver over 4,000 days of community service a year. It's a chance for every member of VINCI staff to really stand out and make a difference which has proven to be of great benefit to Construction Youth Trust!