“You can’t cherry pick at it, you need to have a coordinated effort in order to change the industry.”
That’s the message given by Mark Farmer, ‘man on a mission’ and author of The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model, carried out on behalf of the government’s Construction Leadership Council.
The Construction industry has its challenges, but without doubt, one of its greatest is that of attracting new talent into the industry. Never has the time for joined up thinking been more critical, and having spent the last eight years promoting STEM focused technical and professional careers through the DEC learning programme and associated competitions and events, we very much welcome this report.
Our message to industry remains the same: support schools in the longer term, and in doing so, you’ll inspire teachers, young people AND their parents, and ultimately grow your own talent.
As part of the ‘Adopt a School’ programme, Turner Townsend welcomed students from Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School to their London office, to learn about Built Environment careers.
Since September 2015, they have been supporting students and teachers as part of the DEC curriculum. As part of the ‘Adopt a School’ programme, they have embarked on their second year of sponsoring Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School in Ealing, West London. Creating opportunities for children and young people is one of the primary objectives of their community value corporate social responsibility pillar.
In early July, Turner Townsend one of our awesome “Adopt a School” partners, took 120 students from Marden High School in North Shields to visit the £42m Urban Science Building (USB) at Newcastle University. There, they discovered the reality of the theory they have been studying for the past 10 months as part of the DEC learning programme.
Turner & Townsend have been supporting teachers and students at Marden High School as they work their way through the accredited DEC curriculum since 2015. We are thrilled that they are creating opportunities, just like this, for children and young people.
The NCE100 awards, run by New Civil Engineer, is a new and exciting way of showcasing the best companies in civil engineering, with firms assessed on the cultures and competencies that matter most. The winners were announced on 11 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London.
Imagine our excitement when we heard that Mott MacDonald, who were nominated in the Future Engineer Category, won the Contribution to the Profession Award due to their partnership with COYO and support of the DEC Adopt A School Scheme.
BuroHappold have adopted two schools through our Adopt A School scheme, and are doing some wonderful work at Beechen Cliff School in Bath and the Manchester Communications Academy.
BuroHappold folks are changing the world for the better, and we are in awe of what they do. We asked Sustainability Consultant Fergus Anderson from BH’s Manchester office to tell us a little bit about what his team has been up to with fab DEC teacher Steve Taylor and his students.
Keep up the brilliant work everyone. This is a match made in heaven.
The intention was for G&T employees to be directly involved in mentoring teachers and hosting students. After almost two years of hard work the Class of Your Own ‘Adopt a School’ programme is approaching its conclusion as the students head towards their final exams.
Last week the students delivered their coursework presentations which contribute to their final overall results. G&T Senior Associate and Adopt a School coordinator Claire McDonnell was one of several G&T mentors at the event. Read on to find out more G about the day and what it meant to G&T to be part of such a rewarding programme.
National Apprenticeship Week is an appropriate time to post the impressive story of a bright young man who, at the tender age of sixteen, has found himself in the cut and thrust of industry, after choosing an apprenticeship with our friends Mott MacDonald.
We encourage you to read Brad’s extraordinary story, and be inspired by the next generation of design, engineering and construction professionals.
Just one of the projects we’ve written to get young people enthused with the built environment. This is a really nice project for students and bags them a lovely, shiny SILVER Crest Award – great for their CVs!
Why choose the SOS Casement Park CREST Challenge?
This Silver CREST Award challenge aims to:
Event: Careers in Construction Schools Event
Date: 9 March 2016
Time: 10.00 until 14.00
Venue: Discovery Dundee Waterfront
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