Demonstrating what the construction industry can offer talented industry hopefuls and helping to bridge the skills shortage gap, Faithful+Gould’s Nottingham office put 7 local students through their paces at an interactive A Level Open Day.
Held for the second consecutive year, the session was intended to provide the students from Trinity School with an interest in the industry with the opportunity to discover the variety of career disciplines available, such as building surveying, quantity surveying, project management and health & safety, whilst giving hands-on experience through practical assessments and challenges.
The day culminated in the professionals and students entering a head-to-head battle in the ‘Lego Challenge’, a task created to put into practice the skills the students had learnt during the session. After claiming victory from the professionals, the students also got the chance to meet two of last year’s students who had successfully secured degree sponsorship with Faithful+Gould and now work at the Nottingham office alongside completing their studies.
Commenting on the open day, Louisa Wright, Gifted and Talented Coordinator at The Trinity School says: “We are very proud to be connected with Faithful+Gould through the workshops. The organisation works extremely hard to promote their industry in a fun and inviting way to students, always making them feel very welcome and providing challenging and varied activities to ensure the students can engage fully.
"The very real incentive of possible degree sponsorship or working for the company also motivates the students on to new, more mature levels of activity. Seeing the career progress that our former students have made since joining the Faithful+Gould is fantastic and I hope that this workshop has proved to be as inspiring to our current students as it was to them."
David Pick, director at Faithful+Gould Nottingham and East Midlands Diploma Champion for Construction and the Built Environment, adds: "We have been working for several years to forge closer links with the education system and have found this approach successful at delivering valuable information to young people and giving them an insight into the practical side of the construction industry.
"The students rose successfully to the challenges set and we identified several potential candidates for the 2009 intake in July for either full time employment, supplemented with part-time degree education, or full-time degree sponsorship with a view for employment out of term time."