Construction Youth Trust’s partnership with Landsec for the Introduction to Property Development programme has seen us support a group of students from Pimlico Academy and Westminster City School through an immersive, 3-month insight into construction and built environment careers.
Over the 3 month bespoke programme, students were mentored by industry volunteers from different roles within the sector. During weekly workshops and activities, students gained an invaluable insight into the huge range of available careers in the industry, the skills required for different roles, and how they collaborate and come together during a real-life construction project.
The different areas covered each week ranged from Architecture & Design, to Marketing & Communications, to a live site visit, supported by volunteers who are experts in their field. Students discovered careers within the industry that they might not have associated with the construction sector before, and were able to gain an invaluable, holistic insight into a construction workplace.
The programme culminated in a friendly competition between two teams of students. During a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch delivered to a panel of judges from Landsec and their partners, students detailed how they would design and develop Landsec’s 21 Moorfields sight in London with a focus on sustainability.
The students rose to the challenge spectacularly, collating all the knowledge they had gained over the 3-month programme to put together extremely professional and in-depth presentations that took into account all aspects of a build – from stakeholder engagement to marketing and branding.
The two teams also had the added challenge of navigating the delivery of their presentations online, via Zoom! Students took this curveball in their stride and were able to work together remotely to finalise their pitches, really impressing the Trust staff and industry volunteers that remotely attended the presentation.
The programme was a great success and was truly a testament to the value of connecting young people with industry volunteers to inspire and educate them about construction careers. Although we could not have anticipated that the final weeks of the programme would have to move online, students, volunteers and Trust staff alike were able to adapt to the challenge and the final presentations were a roaring success!