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Student Enrichment Programmes

Gatsby Benchmark 6’s ‘Experiences of Workplaces’ states “every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.” (Gatsby Good Careers Guide – April 2018)

The overall aim of this project is to raise the profile of Construction and the Built Environment industry as an exciting career choice for L3 CBE students and improve progression pathways, by means of personal experience and employer-led careers information, placements and mentoring support.

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male and female construction workers
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The objectives of the Programme are to:
  1. Support with placement finding:
    Source one week block or extended work placements 1 or 2 day with an employer over a period of time providing L3 CBE students pre-employment experience in a preferred occupational sector.
  2. Prepare students for placement:
    To deliver a series of virtual / classroom based and site visits providing enrichment and pre placement employability support to prepare students for the world of work.
  3. Provide access to accredited learning:
    Offer accredited short courses for students to gain relevant a site safety card.  This includes the online CSCS Green card package (L1 Health and Safety in Construction Environment, CSCS training and Test).  In addition, optional short courses such as Fire Marshalling, First Aid at Work, Manual Handling etc.

Placements comprise a minimum 45 days or 315 hours (including virtual work placements and onboarding) over the year, and participation in any relevant surveys and interviews as required.

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Building Pathways will:

  • Identify construction employers who are sufficient, willing and able to provide work experience placements for students
  • Work with the college’s work experience team to promote, organise and plan the scheme, recruit, screen and match students, track and monitor students progress, resolve issues and review placements where appropriate
  • Make arrangements for general induction / onboarding to the scheme for all student participants
  • Design and facilitate four 5-day programmes of enrichment activities for groups of 12 students including career talk, site visit, team challenge to work ethic and etiquette, and employability workshops to provide students with robust information, advice and guidance in preparing for placements
  • Research and identify local construction apprenticeships and related vacancies to assist students wishing to continue pursuing a career in construction and the built environment
  • Offer online CSCS Green Card package to CBE diploma students, including CSCS training, test, Health and Safety Level 1 accredited qualification
  • Produce reporting on the projects progress and provide a final report on the overall outcomes of the scheme

For further information please contact Philip Mills