Westminster young people participate in Building Future Skills programme

03/08/2022 News

Building Future Skills is a 3–day employer led programme aimed at young people who are interested in discovering more about careers in STEM and the construction and built environment industry.

Over the course of the programme, Year 12s from Harris Academy St Johns Wood and Pimlico Academy had the opportunity to develop their teamwork and communication skills, as well as learn about different types of roles in construction, including: architecture, engineering, project management, quantity surveying and corporate social responsibility.

Over the 3-days the young people were kept busy with a full schedule consisting of both practical tasks and the opportunity to work on their employability skills, participating in a CV Masterclass, Interview Masterclass and Mock Interview session hosted at Gardiner & Theobald’s offices.

‘I always walk pass nice offices, but I have never had the chance to see what happens inside. This experience has motivated me!’. - Young person on the programme

Students also got to see the inner workings of a construction site, as they visited Ebury Bridge for a site tour hosted by Bouygyes. Later, the young people participated in a Careers Networking session, supported by industry volunteers, and found out all about apprenticeships in a Q&A and stakeholder engagement session.

The young people also got hands-on during the design challenge, where they had the chance to design and make a model of their building. On the final day of the programme, they pitched their building design ideas and presentation to a panel of industry experts at Arup’s offices.

The young people had an eye-opening experience and gained valuable insights into the world of work, which without the help of our industry volunteers and employers, including Westminster City Council, JLL, astudio, Bouygues, Arup and Gardiner & Theobald, wouldn’t have been possible – thank you!