Katelynd was one of 25 students who attended a Lendlease focussed Budding Brunels workshop in November, tailored around their Elephant Park development in Southwark.
Over three days the students engaged in activities designed to heighten their awareness of professional roles within the construction industry and completed tasks to enhance the soft skills employers look for when hiring. Having excelled on the workshop, Katelynd was offered a civil engineering work placement to further enthuse and inform her about the industry. Here you can read about Katelynd’s work placement journey:
Being able to meet industry representatives and learn what they had to achieve and overcome to get where they are now, was one of the most inspiring and enjoyable parts of the Budding Brunels course. When Construction Youth Trust told me I had secured a work placement, I was thrilled that I would have the chance to continue learning from Lendlease professionals.
Before my placement started, I was feeling anxious about entering a workplace as I didn’t know what to expect. However, being welcomed and getting involved in different activities straight away, made me feel more comfortable and less nervous about the week ahead.
My 5-day work placement at Lendlease started with an induction on Health and Safety, followed by an overview of the kind of activities I would be involved in. During the week, I had the chance to go on site and follow different site managers, who showed me what it is like to be in charge of part of a construction project. I really enjoyed seeing the progress of the site and I was impressed by how different trade teams and professional disciplines work together in such an efficient way! I also got the opportunity to attend different meetings and observe how colleagues communicate and overcome differences to deliver projects. As part of my work placement, I was also given a week long project to prepare a presentation on the role of artificial intelligence in engineering, which I presented on my last day in front of senior Lendlease staff. Whilst a little nerve wracking, I was prepared, felt confident and was delighted that after my talk I received really good feedback.
Based on previous work placements I have had in the past, I did not expect to be given many opportunities to work and learn from professionals working on a site. However, it turned out to be very interactive and I enjoyed every single part of the week. The experience has also helped me improve my listening, communication and observation skills, whilst also allowing me to understand what employers are looking for. I now feel much more confident to pursue a career in construction. My dream is to secure a Degree Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.
I would like to thank the Lendlease staff for inspiring me to achieve my goals.
As we continue with our ambition to inspire and raise the career aspirations of young people using our Elephant Park development as a platform, we consider the Budding Brunels programme as integral to achieve this. It was great to work with the young people during their three-day programme and then see them flourish further during their work placements. As well as gaining valuable insight into Lendlease and an understanding of how they apply what they learn in school into the workplace, the young people were also advised on the next steps to pursue their promising careers in construction.
Elise John-Lewis, Social and Economic Development Manager at Lendlease