Inspiring professional skills and technical knowledge

Louise Curran

Cost Manager

As part of our objective to create opportunities for children and young people, we have been inspiring students from our Design Engineer Construct (DEC) partner school, Cardinal Wiseman, with a work placement programme at our London office.

We see an opportunity to upskill the next generation and inspire young people to consider a career in the construction industry. The work placement programme aims to expose students to the breadth of services we offer clients and encourage the students to engage with professionals from a variety of sectors and services.

Using our expertise of working on major programmes, we challenged the students to develop outputs that we would deliver for clients such as establishing a budget, producing a project schedule and identifying risks and opportunities. The students got a flavour of the diverse nature of our work and the scale and complexity of projects and programmes.

The work experience programme received an immensely positive response from the students who were enthused by the professional skills and technical knowledge they developed, as well as the prospects construction careers offer.

Louise Curran, Cost Manager said: “The work experience programme was a great success and it was fantastic to see the students so excited about pursuing a career in the construction industry. Given the extensive skills shortage that will challenge our industry in the near future, it is important to inspire a generation of young people to get involved with construction, and to inspire them to bring new ideas to the industry to make it more productive.”