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News: Build­ing your Career’ event inspires students

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Building your Career event
Building your Career event

Students were urged to consider the construction sector as a first choice career destination this week by the contractor building the College's new City Hub campus.

The Build­ing Your Career’ event saw Wates Con­struc­tion deliv­er a series of talks, work­shops, group exer­cis­es and team build­ing activ­i­ties for 58 stu­dents from the Col­lege, with the aim of rais­ing aspi­ra­tions and edu­cat­ing young peo­ple on the vari­ety of career paths avail­able in building.

Wates trainees Ambi­ka Tah and Louise Rat­cliffe gave pre­sen­ta­tions on their work expe­ri­ence to-date and high­light­ed the vari­ety of routes to employ­ment offered by the con­struc­tion indus­try. Mean­while, Busi­ness Unit Direc­tor, John Car­lin, dis­cussed his jour­ney to becom­ing a direc­tor with­in one of the UK’s largest build­ing companies.

Stu­dents also com­plet­ed a myth bust­ing task which saw them break­ing down com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about work­ing in con­struc­tion. The stu­dents then took part in a group exer­cise focussed on the inter­view process and learned how to hone their skills and tech­niques in order to offer mem­o­rable and insight­ful answers to inter­view questions.

A num­ber of Wates’ employ­ees and part­ners includ­ing con­sul­tants Gleeds, plan­ning advi­sor Peter Wilkin­son and Bond Bryan Archi­tects were on hand through­out the day to offer stu­dents an insight into the wide range of pro­fes­sions cap­tured by the con­struc­tion sec­tor — from build­ing con­trol, archi­tec­ture and health and safe­ty to sur­vey­ing, mar­ket­ing and human resources.

John Car­lin, Busi­ness Unit Direc­tor for Wates Con­struc­tion in the Mid­lands, com­ment­ed: The Char­tered Insti­tute of Build­ing reports that 157,000 new recruits are need­ed by the indus­try by 2021 in order to keep up with con­struc­tion demand. This event was there­fore a ben­e­fi­cial means for us to show­case the vast career oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able with­in the con­struc­tion indus­try to the stu­dents from Not­ting­ham Col­lege, our work­force of tomor­row. We’re deter­mined to ensure that our pres­ence in the city build­ing this impres­sive new cam­pus for the Col­lege will have a tan­gi­ble social and eco­nom­ic impact and I was incred­i­bly impressed with the enthu­si­asm and ambi­tion shown by every­one who took part, they all have a very bright future ahead of them.”

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Direc­tor of Estates, Matthew Var­ley, said:

As well as being an icon­ic build­ing, the City Hub also rep­re­sents a step change in edu­ca­tion pro­vi­sion, bring­ing togeth­er employ­ers and edu­ca­tors to devel­op cours­es and train­ing pro­grammes which pre­pare stu­dents for the world of work. It is fan­tas­tic that we can start doing this a full two years before the build­ing opens its doors to its first stu­dents and I would like to thank all at Wates for giv­ing our stu­dents this opportunity 

 — Matthew Var­ley

Vic­to­ria Bram­bi­ni, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Scape Pro­cure, com­ment­ed: Our Nation­al Con­struc­tion frame­work pro­motes and encour­ages engage­ment with local schools and col­lege stu­dents and it is bril­liant to hear pos­i­tive feed­back fol­low­ing Wates’ ded­i­cat­ed careers day for the stu­dents at Not­ting­ham College.

These inter­ac­tive ses­sions have nev­er been more impor­tant giv­en the skills short­ages the built envi­ron­ment indus­try faces. With Brex­it fast approach­ing, it is becom­ing increas­ing­ly impor­tant to inspire the next gen­er­a­tion to ensure we have a skilled domes­tic workforce.”

Wates was appoint­ed in spring this year to build the new City Hub cam­pus for Not­ting­ham Col­lege and work com­menced in the sum­mer. When com­plete, the City Hub will offer supe­ri­or facil­i­ties and resources for col­lege stu­dents, as well as pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ty ameni­ties includ­ing a restau­rant, café and a new per­form­ing arts centre.

The project was pro­cured via Major Works — UK, part of the Scape Nation­al Con­struc­tion frame­work. The frame­work has been designed to deliv­er sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of local eco­nom­ic engage­ment, ongo­ing appren­tice­ship schemes and exten­sive com­mu­ni­ty ini­tia­tives — such as that pro­vid­ed by Wates.

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  • 8th November 2018 (3:41 PM)
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