Xhesika attended one of our world-of-work programmes, hosted by Transport for London, in July 2019.
Before she met the Trust Xhesika had been studying Art and Design for her A-Levels and she had an interest in Architecture, but also shared many of the common misconceptions surrounding the construction industry as a male-dominated space that did not have room for someone like her.
Our world-of-work programmes give young people an immersive, employer-led experience of a construction workplace. Over 3 days, Xhesika and her peers were split into teams and explored a variety of roles within the construction and built environment sector, supported by a range of volunteers. The programme culminated in team presentations to a panel of professionals, pitching their own ideas for a build.
“The group work where we were able to choose roles within the construction industry allowed me to experience what I could do as an architect. I would advise someone thinking about a career in construction to contact people in those current roles or take part in workshops like Construction Youth Trust’s to get a better idea of what paths are best suited to you.”
Xhesika found the chance to visit the live Lancer Square site really valuable. Having previously questioned whether the industry was the right fit for her, speaking with female professionals onsite solidified her resolve to enter Architecture and gave her the confidence to pursue the many exciting industry opportunities available to her.
The chance to interact directly with employers and gain a holistic insight of construction roles was instrumental in Xhesika choosing to pursue Architecture in higher education, and she is now flourishing studying Architecture at London South Bank University!