Construction companies offer Hackney students work placements through inspiring careers-based programme

Twenty two Year 12 students from Hackney schools participated in a three-day OCN accredited Budding Brunels course hosted by British Land and Blackstone.

The course introduced them to leading industry professionals from British Land, M3, Mace, Buro Happold, Make, DP9, Arup and Broadgate Estates and provided access to the £340m 5 Broadgate site.   Following completion of the course, seven students were offered work placements in the fields of civil engineering, structural engineering, architecture, property management, development management and cost consultancy.

Imperial College London’s Civil Engineering department hosted the first day of the course; students were given presentations by an array of industry professionals as well as an introduction to Imperial from Head of Department Professor Nick Buenfeld.  Required skills and qualifications for a range of diverse careers within the built environment were outlined during the morning session, with activities centered around the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) taking place in the afternoon.

Visiting the 5 Broadgate development on the 2nd day of the project, students were given an unprecedented insight into the design and construction of the new UBS headquarters. Further tours of Broadgate led by representatives from Mace, M3 and the Broadgate Estates team included visits to The Broadgate Tower and the newly refurbished 199 Bishopsgate.

On the final day of the project British Land provided further insight into their work within London’s built environment. Taken on a tour around Regent’s Place, students were able to better understand the planning, management and sustainability considerations in relation to the office-led mixed use estate and surrounding area. Following an additional tour of the Royal Institute of British Architects, all students were interviewed for the work placements on offer by members of Construction Youth Trust staff.  Seven students were offered the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience across the 5 Broadgate consultant team to benefit their development and career prospects.

Anna Devlet, Communities Executive, British Land, commented: 

‘British Land and Blackstone are delighted to have worked with Construction Youth Trust in extending this meaningful opportunity to Budding Brunels students from Hackney. By opening up the 5 Broadgate development and introducing young people to leading professionals from across the built environment, we hope to have inspired students in their career choices and provided significant benefit to their future employability.’

 Christine Townley, Executive Director, Construction Youth Trust added:

'We are greatly encouraged by the significant opportunities provided through the partnership with British Land and Blackstone. We are delighted to work with a developer who can involve a broad range of consultants in our projects, offering an integrated overview of the design and construction process which is invaluable for our beneficiaries.'