30 Year 12 students from Lambeth recently took part in a Budding Brunels project with Construction Youth Trust supported by VINCI Construction UK.
Budding Brunels is an OCN accredited 3-day schools engagement programme aimed at informing and engaging young students from non-privileged backgrounds who are researching their higher education options and considering career paths within the built environment.
On the first day of the programme students from Dunraven School, Lambeth College and Lilian Baylis met with representatives from VINCI Construction UK at the Southbank University. During the day they learnt about varied careers within the industry and engaged in team building workshops, Q&A sessions and practiced interview skills. Following the workshop at South Bank, students visited the Streatham Hub redevelopment site, a VINCI Construction UK project in partnership with Lambeth Council and Spenhill on the second day of the programme. On the final day students visited the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Building Centre in central London, and took part in an interview process with HR representatives from VINCI Construction UK. 5 of the most successful participants have since been offered summer work placements on the Streatham Hub project.
Christine Townley from the Construction Youth Trust said,
“We are delighted to have delivered another successful Budding Brunels programme in partnership with VINCI Construction Uk; it is vital the young people we work with benefit from this type of industry-led careers guidance, and are shown just how varied the progression routes into the sector can be.”
Budding Brunels is endorsed by the Construction Industry Council and the Institution of Civil Engineers. The project has been recognised by the Office for Fair Access as a registered access programme, increasing participants’ chances of accessing higher education, and was cited as a solid example of good practice in the recent Equality and Human Rights Commission report on BME representation within the construction industry.