The Landsec Future Property School programme sees students exploring a range of careers within the construction and built environment sector through weekly online workshops and activities.
For the past 3 months, 11 Year 12 students from Pimlico Academy have been working through an interactive activity, developing their own project briefs for a build based on what they have been learning. Attending online sessions led by professional volunteers, students have discovered how different roles come together for a construction project, supported by the insights and experiences of a range of professionals who are experts in their field.
In their final session next week, teams will go head-to-head in the final presentations – Dragons Den style ‘pitches’ of their own designs. Given the brief of coming up with a sustainable ‘masterplan’ for Landsec’s 21 Moorfields development as though it was a brand new proposal, students will take a panel of professional judges through their vision for the site using the knowledge and tools they have gained throughout the programme.
The sessions have introduced students to the different stages of a construction project, from design to completion, and taken them through a range of careers and the skills required, from Architect to Marketer. By covering a broad range of construction disciplines we want to dispel the common misconception that the industry is limited to site-based roles, and help students discover career options that they might not have considered before.
Facilitating engagements with relatable professional role models is an effective way of inspiring our young people to see the construction industry as one that is suited to them and we have been so impressed so far with the enthusiasm shown by this cohort of young people. We can’t wait to see their presentations next week!