Students Experience World Of Work

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23 September 2015

“Brilliant!” was the verdict from two Year 10 students from The Bolsover School in Derbyshire who spent a week at the Costain M1 Smart Motorways (M1SM) project.

The work placements gave fifteen year-olds Tim Smart and Daniel Gibbons a valuable insight into the world of work and the construction industry. Said Tim: “It was a brilliant experience. It really helped me get a taste of all the different jobs available in the engineering sector. And I enjoyed seeing the motorway works for myself, as well as looking at it from the admin side, with all the different roles working together to create such a massive project.”

Tim was also interested to learn about Costain apprenticeships.

This is the third year the project has provided work placements to students at The Bolsover School. Said Natalie Peacock, Project Skills Co-ordinator, M1 Smart Motorways: “The school has now stopped doing work experience days but we are still in touch with the students who have come on placements. And as we move up the M1, we are looking forward to building relationships with South Yorkshire schools near the project.”

Meanwhile two of the M1SM project’s newest Construction Ambassadors spent a day at Shirebrook Academy, also in Derbyshire.

Engineers Sean Bennett and Sean Allen who both completed the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) Construction Ambassadors course earlier this year, took part in an Industry Day for Year 9 students. They helped students carry out their very own construction projects, the aim being to build the highest tower in the fastest time with the fewest Lego bricks.

The day, said Natalie, was a great success: “We wanted to tell students about construction, what roles there are in the industry, and how to enter. Building the Lego towers was a great way to give them a glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ of a project, and show the importance of planning, resource costs, teamwork and communication skills.”




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