Launch Aimed At Boosting Youth Employment

23 October 2013

Costain has joined forces with innovative careers website ‘plotr’ to encourage more young people to consider a career at Costain.

Announced at Costain’s ‘Big Infrastructure Conversation’ event at City Hall in London on September 30, plotr is an on-line careers service for 11-to 24-year-olds that is free for young people, parents and teachers to use. Founded in 2011, plotr is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that combines input from careers advisers, youth organisations, teachers, leading technology and social media companies and hundreds of young people to create an innovative and informative careers advice platform.

Some of the largest and most influential employers are already involved with plotr, including Barclays, Serco, Deloitte, Centrica, National Grid and Williams F1.

Costain’s collaboration with plotr is in line with Costain Cares which aims to invest in young people, provide career opportunities and help the industry address a long-term skills shortage. It is also in line with the Engineering Tomorrow strategy, Costain’s commitment to identifying, developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet the UK’s major national infrastructure needs.

“A big part of Costain Cares is how we support young people into employment and trying to open up different career routes into Costain through traineeships and apprenticeships,” said Catherine Warbrick, Costain’s Corporate Responsibility Director.

“Plotr will help us to raise awareness about what we do and hopefully inspire young people to gain the skills to want to come and work in our industry. The industry requires a diverse range of skills and plotr will help us to attract young people who may not have considered a career in construction engineering or a career with an engineering company,” Catherine said.

As part of plotr, Costain has created the ‘Costain Career World’ to represent the sectors the Company operates in and included 11 job roles to demonstrate the various careers available within the Group. The jobs are a mix of entry level and aspirational roles and the site offers advice about how you get started, what skills are needed, what qualifications are required and what salary might be expected.

There is also a short video clip of a Costain employee talking about their role, how they got started, what their key skills are, what they love about their job and, as with all jobs, what the biggest challenges are.

The site will be regularly updated with vacancies for work experience, apprenticeships and graduate training positions, as well as forthcoming employment events and seminars.

“We are committed to opening up access and creating more opportunities for young people. The information on the plotr site builds up a realistic picture of what work life is like, what we are looking for as an employer and about how young people can take the first steps towards employments,” said Catherine.

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