Construction initiative inspires Croydon’s next generation
SAY, the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE), Laing O'Rourke and Croydon College worked in partnership to deliver this week long programme to a diverse range of 22 young people.
During this time, the participants received employability training from SAY and engineering skills training from industry experts at Croydon College. This included an introduction to engineering design, planning, costing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) - a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to help with project design and management; all of which informed their planning and building of two large-scale structures based on Cannon Place.
The culmination of the week came with an evening networking event at Cannon Place where the young people were able to meet engineers from a range of ages and backgrounds, including ICE President David Balmforth, and get a feel for some current projects and emerging technologies in the sector. Participants were then provided with work experience with Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald, Elliott Wood or Arup.
As a result of the project, 20 out of 22 young people completed the programme; 25% of which were female. Following the work experience, a number of the candidates went on to secure places on engineering/construction-related college and university courses, as well as jobs and apprenticeships such as the esteemed Laing O'Rourke Cadet Apprenticeship programme and an engineering role within the British Army.