Dan was a student at Northfleet Technology College, one of our Schools Partnership Schools in our North Kent hub. We first met Dan at a school careers evening, where he told us that he’d been thinking about pursuing a career in the construction and built environment industry.
Being very bright and predicted good grades for his GCSE’s, but finding himself nearing capacity for a traditional school learning environment, Dan wanted to work in a role that would release him from classroom learning. Our Senior Programme Manager for North Kent, Donna, introduced Dan to the possibility of securing an apprenticeship as a post-16 destination.
We organised an Overview of Construction session at Northfleet Technology College and Dan asked to attend, despite the session being delivered to a lower year. During this session Dan took part in the GoConstruct personality quiz and came out with the suggestion of pursuing a career in site management. Dan was very surprised to discover that you can do an apprenticeship in site management as he’d always thought of it as an older person’s role, something someone with lots of experience does. Realising that there are many different levels and types of apprenticeships gave Dan some extra food for thought as he continued to explore his career options.
Dan then took part in our Skills Bus activity, organised for selected students at Northfleet Technology College that had shown an interest and capacity for construction careers. The students all worked together to construct a picnic table for the school. The practical side of construction really appealed to Dan and he said that the practical skills he learnt on the Skills Bus allowed him to gain a real appreciation of industry. He really enjoyed the feeling of being part of the creation of something bigger than himself.
In order to further expand their knowledge of the trade professions, we also arranged a trip for the students to the new Dementia Village being built by Jenner Contractors Ltd. Dan excelled on the trip, turning his hand to the different tasks during the day and expanding upon his teamwork, design and building skills. Bricklaying really struck a chord with Dan and he felt like he had found the gateway into his career journey in construction.
“Construction Youth Trust has opened up different pathways for future careers for me. They have helped me and given me guidance when applying and searching for apprenticeships. Also, the CSCS course training provided by Construction Youth Trust was very valuable and enabled me to pass the test and gain my card which allows me to work on site for 5 years. The help Construction Youth Trust has given me has absolutely helped me choose the right career path for my future.”
After working with Dan and other year 11 students from Northfleet Technology College for almost a year, the Trust arranged for the Apprenticeship Manager from Taylor Wimpey to come and speak to the year group). After hearing about the range of available apprenticeships and the application process applicants need to undertake, Dan immediately applied for an apprenticeship in bricklaying and attended the assessment day. Dan successfully navigated his way through the assessment centre and moved onto the final stage of the application process, his individual interview.
Dan was offered an apprenticeship position but in the meantime he had also been applying for a Quantity Surveying Trainee role with GBE Services in Bexley, utilising his newly developed application and employability skills to secure the position! We know that Dan will excel throughout his training and we can’t wait to share the many future successes he will have with you!