Construction students across the College of West Anglia were given an opportunity to meet local employers at a recent event organised in conjunction with CITB and held at the Isle campus.
The event focused on employability training, mentoring and careers guidance including practice mock interviews with local construction employers.
Students were given the opportunity to meet and obtain direct mentoring from a variety of local and national construction employers such as Wates Construction, MJ Construction, Kier Group, Morgan Sindall, Smith Building, Maffit Construction, Mansells, NAS and Lovells.
The employers provided feedback to help students understand what skills and attributes they are looking for, what training they should consider and how they can improve their chances of finding work in the sector.
Alan Seeley, Construction Programme Manager, said: “This is the second year it has run and was a success, with the students gaining some very useful feedback from the employers with regard to, exploring apprenticeships, work experience, employment opportunities and how to do interviews.”
“It’s a really useful exercise, getting these young trainees and employers together. The students get so much out of it, they know that there is huge competition for jobs across the construction industry and it takes time and effort on their part if they want to succeed. I would like to thank the employers who took part and CITB for giving up their time, providing a valuable student experience.”
Lesley Wright, Construction Careers Adviser CITB, said: “On the day the students were well prepared, motivated and an absolute credit to the college and the construction department. The employers valued the day and stated that they were impressed with the college, the staff and the students. All of the students seem to value the advice given by the employers and it is now hoped that the students can use the information provided to move onwards and upwards into employment and further training.”