Providing Work Experience and Improving the Image of Construction for Younger People

Laing O’Rourke collaborated with Construction Youth Trust to run a 3 day Budding Brunels Programme. The programme included 3 days worth of activities, talks, presentations and a site tour to introduce students from local schools and sixth forms aged 16-18 into the construction industry.

A range of industry professionals from Laing O’Rourke that included Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Engineers and Construction Managers volunteered throughout the programme in order to inspire and share their experiences. This allowed the students to gain a further understanding of the different functions that aid the delivery and completion of a project.

Students were assessed throughout the programme as well as having to carry out a group presentation and one-to-one interview at the end with Laing O’Rourke professionals. The purpose of this exercise was to improve their soft skills.

In addition to this, students who had the potential and enthusiasm were offered the opportunity of a week’s work experience at the Here East Project.

Overall, this programme has generated positive feedback from students as well as teachers and has rebuilt the image of the construction industry in the eyes of the younger generation.

Many of them were interested in the Cadet Programme offered by Laing O’Rourke, with students on the programme saying:

“The presentation raised my confidence and gave me the opportunity to let my voice be heard.”

“I now know that there are so many sectors within construction.”

“The best bit was making and designing a tower. I really liked the activity; it was engaging and interesting.”

“The best bit was public speaking. This is because I had to overcome my fear.”

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