As part of our social responsibility, we have a programme of engagement with schools local to our sites. This allows us to provide targeted work experience placements for students looking for experience that will help them in their future studies.
An example of this during the summer of 2017 was a Year 11 student from York near our A64 site. Although not looking for a career in civil engineering or construction, we worked with him to develop an experience programme based on using AutoCAD. This was to help his future career plans as a stage/set designer.
The student reported back:
“This was my first work experience placement after leaving school. I enjoyed my first taste of working in an engineering design office, and benefited from having other designers in the Blue Team spend time with me explaining how things worked and helping me get my computer set up, and my e-mail address launched.
During my week long placement, I learned how to use AutoCAD, one of the main design tools used by the team. I produced a highway cross section design using AutoCAD, and while drawing up the section the designers working with me explained the different parts of the cross section and what makes up a road.
I was able to learn how to print using the networked printers, and learn some general office administration functions. All great experience for my upcoming work at York College studying Backstage Arts.”
An excellent example of improving the image of the construction industry with students who want a career in our industry, but students who have plans for a different career path, but now have a positive experience of engagement with the construction industry.