Promoting Opportunities in Construction

Chris Haines
Several members of our team recently attended an industry 'Speed Dating' event at the University of the West of England, offering students an insight into Faithful+Gould and details about the employment opportunities available within the business.

Richard Goodworth, Andrew Covell, Sarah Greenslade and I met with a number of students and discussed their educational achievements and career aspirations. The  event was attended by organisations from contracting, engineering and consultancy disciplines, promoting employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate employment throughout the industry. Useful tips were also provided about the online application and graduate assessment day, along with information about how to utilise social media to search for opportunities. The event was a real success, with great feedback received from both the students and staff.

The event was a real success, with great feedback received from both the students and staff.

Faithful+Gould is currently working with the the University of the West of England providing project management, building surveying, quantity surveying and CDMC services across a wide range of projects in support of UWE’s development plan to expand the university and develop outstanding facilities for students. Our contribution to the development plan extends beyond the professional services we provide and we are committed to participating in career and other events to share our experience and knowledge.

It is fantastic that we have been able to develop strong a relationship with UWE and this benefits us in many ways from helping secure new projects to attracting and employing the best graduates.

Careers events

Many of our colleagues at Faithful+Gould regularly participate in careers events to encourage young people to enter the construction industry, whether straight from school or after extended learning through college or university. Our graduates also get involved with supporting the next generation of employees by attending a range of careers events along with producing articles on their experiences of working within construction in order to inspire others.

Promoting opportunities

Faithful+Gould offers numerous employment opportunities including industrial placements for undergraduates, summer and work experience, apprenticeship schemes and our graduate programmes. In addition, many of our employees go into schools to promote opportunities available within construction to those who wouldn’t have traditionally seen it as a potential career choice.

We want to encourage students from a diverse set of backgrounds to join us in the exciting and varied work we do.

This has been particularly relevant within a gender context. Sarah Jones based in our Cardiff office is heavily involved in promoting these types of career paths to girls, who perhaps wouldn’t have historically been informed about jobs in construction. We want to encourage students from a diverse set of backgrounds to join us in the exciting and varied work we do.

Guest lecturing

Across the west region of the UK our colleagues are involved in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students via guest lecturing. Andrew Covell, Steve Ash and I have all recently presented to students, sharing our practical experiences of working on projects within our respective disciplines.

Recognising our young talent

Once we have attracted graduates to come and work for Faithful+Gould we like to recognise the contribution they make to the business. This year, two of our graduates in the south west have been nominated for a Construction Youth Trust Award, recognising their achievements. Laura Hamer-West, graduate project manager and Jamie Linehan, graduate quantity surveyor both came into construction via non-traditional routes and have excelled within their disciplines, working on challenging and interesting projects.

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