With the construction sector facing a major skills shortage, never before has it been more important to inspire the next generation of industry professionals and to ensure that the workforce of the future meets the needs of the industry. Working with schools, colleges and universities ENGIE is providing practical learning opportunities that enhance the curriculum and bring the construction industry to life. One example of this is our London and Southern Development Region’s relationship with the University of Bedfordshire.
Over the last two years, ENGIE has been working in close collaboration with the university to facilitate a series of student site visits to support its Construction Management degree programme.
The focus for the project has been two of ENGIE’s development sites: Marsh Farm in Luton and Ensign Court in Tower Hamlets. Through a series of visits at different stages of the construction process, students have gained an understanding of the real life challenges facing a project team and the practical approaches and solutions applied to ensure effective project delivery.
Students are encouraged to translate what they see, hear and learn on site into their assignments. This has been achieved through ENGIE working with the university to ensure the programmes visits aligns with classroom learning.
Our teams have also been able to inspire the students by showcasing the range of exciting careers on offer within the construction industry and what they can achieve on completion of their studies.