An insight into a career in the construction industry was given at a ‘Pathways to Construction’ seminar hosted by North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC).
The seminar featured expert advice from employees of BAM Construct UK, the company presently creating the new £12 million NSETC premises at the Junction 21 Enterprise Area, which will be opened in September 2016.
Karen Cornick, Principal at NSETC, said: “The event was about showing the different career paths available within construction, and we hope that the seminar inspired the students to undertake an exciting career within the construction industry.
“We have worked very closely with BAM Construct UK since the start of the new building work. It has been fantastic for our students to be able to utilise the construction site for work experience, research and to give them a better understanding of the jobs that will be available to them in the future and what they need to do to achieve them.”
The event featured information from BAM employees about their roles in the NSETC project, and a talk from Jack Reid, Assistant Site Manager, about his route into the construction industry.
Emma Bull, Education and Community Manager at BAM Construction Ltd, said the ‘Pathways to Construction’ event was a great opportunity for the students to understand the different career paths within the construction industry, from the role of main and sub-contractors to the various learning routes available, such as Higher Apprenticeships or Degrees.
“We hope it will have inspired the next generation of engineers to take a route into the construction industry and help the students make more informed choices about their future,” she said.
“Most importantly, we wanted to encourage the students to embrace the work experience placements available to them, as they will undoubtedly help them secure employment in the future.”
NSETC is a specialist free school for students aged 14-19. It has been described as ‘a new model of learning’ and has a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), combined with a strong business ethos in which enterprise is incorporated into the curriculum.
Nathan Webber, NSETC Year 13 student said: “The construction seminar has been really useful to learn about the different routes you can take to gain a career in the construction industry.
“I’ve been undertaking work experience with BAM Construction Ltd since September and it has provided me with the opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes, develop my people skills and learn how to respond in difficult situations. After finishing my BTEC in Engineering I hope to secure a Higher Apprenticeship with a local construction company.”
NSETC opened to students in September 2014, and is presently located at the South West Skills Campus at Weston College and will transfer to its own purpose-built campus near to Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area in September 2016.