Why 'Construkt'?

Why Construction & Engineering?

There are a multitude of career pathways within construction and engineering, whether you are interested in office-based work, practical/hands-on work, consultancy, IT, etc. It is also one of the easiest industries to progress within, and with the amount of construction projects planned to take place in London and across England, there is a huge demand for engineers and construction workers, both now and in the future. However, despite this wealth of opportunites, the industry is experiencing a massive skills shortage; and although many of these engineering and construction companies see the value in diversifying their workforce, they are struggling to recruit enough young people, females and ethnic minorities. 

 

The 'Construkt' Project - Overview

SAY is working with the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) and international engineering and construction employer, Laing O'Rourke, as well as other leading construction/engineering companies, to give a diverse range of young people a taster or what it is like to work in engineering and construction and open their eyes to the world of career opportunities these industries have to offer through 'Construkt'. The ultimate aim of this new and exciting initiative is to bridge the gap between young people that may have an interest in construction and engineering and employers. 

The two-week programme takes young people through an engaging and effective mix of both classroom-based and practical activities that enhance essential workplace competencies and heighten their knowledge of the industry. The young people get the opportunity to interact and learn from professionals involved with all aspects of the construction process – from client, to consultant, to construction managers and carpenters, to give them an in-depth and rounded representation of the industry. The activities they experience include:

  • Participants complete interactive employability skills training delivered by SAY, as well as training from construction/engineering professionals on relevant industry-related skills and knowledge

  • A live site visit e.g. the Post building and the Brunel building with Laing O'Rourke

  • Digital engineers teach participants the latest in BIM technology enabling participants to complete computer modelling and measurement to create a bill of quantities for pricing and a tender presentation

  • Participants are put into teams, allocate roles and undergo appropriate training (e.g. Power tools training) to enable them to build a large scale model of real building out of timber e.g. the Cannon Street Building

  • On the penultimate night of the programme, all participants present to industry professionals and the community in a unique networking evening

Future Plans

SAY is planning to roll this project out across London to extend this opportunty to young people living outside of the Croydon area. Click here to join our mailing list to be keep updated with future opportunities.