Engaging Schools with Industry - Year 12 Students visit Welsh Senedd and Delve into Careers in Construction

Year 12 students across the UK are being given first-hand insight into careers in construction thanks to VINCI Construction UK and Construction Youth Trust.

Last week students were treated to an exclusive tour of the Welsh Senedd - a ground breaking VINCI Construction UK build famed for its innovative approach to design and sustainability. They also had the opportunity to visit VINCI Construction UK’s Adam Street student accommodation redevelopment and nearby fire station.

Prior to the site visits the students had met with VINCI Construction UK at the University of Glamorgan for an interactive day of seminars, Q&A sessions and team building exercises, introducing them to the industry and exploring the wide variety of careers that construction has to offer. 

The sessions culminated in students being interviewed by staff from VINCI Construction UK for the opportunity to gain one of five work placements available during the school break.

The event was one of the Trust’s ‘Budding Brunels’ - an OCN accredited 3-day schools engagement programme aimed at engaging and informing young students who are researching their higher education options and considering career paths.

Of the 32 students who benefitted from the session, over 50% were female, eagerly challenging the stereotype of construction offering careers only suitable for men. The programme is one of a series of eight Budding Brunels planned for 2012 between VINCI Construction UK and the Trust.

Ben Churchill, Schools & FE Coordinator at Construction Youth Trust said:

“With the Budding Brunels programme we are targeting bright Year 12 students from ethnically diverse and / or disadvantaged backgrounds who are studying STEM subjects.

“We want to see these young people benefit from industry-led careers guidance and show them just how varied the progression routes into the sector can be.

“The programme aims to increases participants’ chances of achieving social mobility and to help them to make the right choices at a key point in their academic and personal development.”

Budding Brunels has been cited as a solid example of good practice in the recent Equality and Human Rights Commission report on BME representation within the construction industry and is endorsed by the Construction Industry Council.

Chris Pape, Managing Director VINCI Construction UK, Building Division – Midlands, South West, Wales and Retail, said:

"We’re delighted to give these students the opportunity to experience the professional side of construction first hand. 

"It’s essential that we invest in our young people to engage and excite them about the Built Environment.  They are our future innovators and we are thrilled to be giving them opportunities such as Budding Brunels to encourage them to see for themselves what they could be part of building in the future".