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Environmental Careers Talk

Published 11 May 2016 | Written by Cathal Ward
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Universities

Cathal Ward, who is completing his year placement with Henry Brothers Ltd, went to Aldercar College to give an environmental careers talk. Cathal is studying a BSc in Land-use and Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast and has taken on the role of Quality and Environmental Officer within the Company. He carried out the careers talk to highlight all the…


Working with the Dallaglio Foundation to Inspire Young People

Published 11 May 2016 | Written by Emma Attwood
CategoriesCareers advice Schools Support

McGee has delivered an inspiring day of classroom based learning, discussions and observational learning opportunities for one group of students from the Dallaglio Foundation’s RugbyWorks Programme – which exists to nurture and develop essential skills of disengaged young people aged between 14 and 16. Welcoming the students to one of their major London demolition projects, a key objective for the…


Practicalities of a Construction Project

Published 10 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Schools

Providing opportunities to gain practical experience on-site is important to increase interest in construction.  A career in construction can be very rewarding, it is therefore important to create an environment where students can gain first hand experience and a taste for construction opportunities themselves. One site introduced construction prospects using a programme based on a real-life project: A programme was set up over a 12 week…


Providing Opportunities to School Children

Published 30 March 2016 | Written by Glynn Cunliffe
CategoriesSchools

Carefoot recently completed 6 new classrooms and a new reception at Moorside Primary School, and we were invited to provide a top value raffle prize in support of their Summer Fair. Following discussions with the Chair of Moorside Friends, we agreed to provide the top prize of an Apple iPad. The winning raffle ticket was won by one of the children’s…


Providing work experience and improving the image of construction for younger people

Published 11 January 2016 | Written by Juliana Postarini
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice

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…


Construction Experience Hub

Published 11 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Placements

It is important to encourage the younger generation to learn and become involved in the industry. Sites and companies should be actively engaging with young people who are considering a career in construction. Below is an example of how one site created opportunities for young people in the area: The site launched its Construction Experience Hub which was a purpose…


Adopt a School Initiative

Published 26 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

It is important to invest time to train up the younger generation and encourage them to consider a career in construction. To help prepare students for future training and employment in the industry, an ‘Adopt a school’ initiative was piloted. This initiative involved the following: The contractor funded IT equipment and the training of teachers in the local secondary school…


Inspiring Careers in Construction

Published 1 October 2015 | Written by Juliana Postarini
CategoriesCareers advice Cooperation Schools

Laing O’Rourke, a local organisation called Creative Wick and Gainsborough School collaborated on the creation of a bespoke series of workshops that used art and design to inspire pupils to consider the wide variety of career options offered by the construction industry. Each workshop took on a theme, with pupils first learning about the role of art and design in construction,…


CITB’s Go Construct Campaign

Published 28 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Campaigns Careers advice Careers advice Placements

Go Construct is an industry wide initiative that aims to attract, inform and retain a talented workforce for the Construction and Built Environment sector, and has been developed with more than 200 construction employers, schools, colleges and those with a passion for construction. It will consist of a common gateway website, giving people access to a range of useful and practical…


Encouraging deaf students to consider a career in construction

Published 16 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Disadvantaged groups

It is important to make the construction industry accessible to everyone and encourage new people into the industry. Sites should encourage the younger generation to consider a career in construction, by providing opportunities for students to try new skills and learn more about different trades and opportunities. Below is an example of how a site has achieved this: Three site…


‘Have a Go’ Days

Published 3 September 2015 | Written by Natalie Kippax
CategoriesInduction and training Schools

Following the successful completion of the new build works to the Sports Hall at Oakfield High School for Wigan Council, F Parkinson Ltd organised a ‘Have a Go’ day to let a group of Year 9 pupils try out a number of trades. With the assistance of our supply chain, the pupils got to try their hand at painting, bricklaying,…


National Careers Week

Published 17 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Placements Schools Universities

National Careers Week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. To support National Careers Week on your site, you could do the following: Regularly attend careers fairs to encourage recruitment and work experience opportunities; Visit local schools to talk about a career in the construction industry; Liaise with colleges locally, to encourage and…


Educating the Educators

Published 20 January 2015 | Written by Mark Kilcran
CategoriesCareers advice Employed Training

In response to the CITB’s Educating the Educators Report, Shepherd Construction held a teacher training day aimed at increasing teachers knowledge of the careers available in the construction industry. The event was held in partnership with Durham Education & Business Partnership (EBP) and supported by the CITB. The event was held at Shepherd’s £31.5m project to construct Hitachi Rail Europe’s…


The Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Construction’ Programme

Published 5 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Disadvantaged groups Labour Literacy training Numeracy training Placements Residents Training

The Prince’s Trust is supporting the construction industry to address the current skills shortage and encourage new talent. The ‘Get into Construction’ programme offers a multi-skilled programme, which can lead to apprenticeship opportunities on site and help unemployed young people gain valuable training and experience. Here is an example of how one site in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust supported the programme: A…