Engineering A Career
22 July 2015
Costain is the most viewed company on Plotr, the on-line careers advice service for young people, according to the latest data.
The Company averaged around 5,000 views during June 2015, with Quantity Surveyor the most popular role looked at, with most of the views, roughly 70%, coming from females.
Plotr is a free to use service aimed at 11-to 24-year-olds and combines valuable 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.
Now in its third year, Costain launched on the site in September 2013 with a ‘Costain Career World’ which highlights the sectors in which the Company operates, together with the job roles available within the organisation.
The jobs comprise a mix of entry level and aspirational roles, from construction, engineering, business administration and accountancy. The site also offers advice on how to get started, what skills are needed, what qualifications are required and what salary might be expected.
“Costain Career World has been our most visited World on Plotr in June, and we are very excited to be working with Costain in raising their profile and helping Costain find some amazing young new talent,” said Claire Harvey, Head of Employer Partnerships at Plotr.
The construction industry faces many challenges, not least the growing skills gap between young people who are not in education, employment or training and those in work. According to a recent report by the OECD, based on an analysis of 22 countries, the UK has the biggest skills gap.
Another startling statistic is that just 6% of the engineering workforce is female, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. It is therefore essential the industry attracts more women but also bridges the skills gap and encourages more young people to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at school.
“Our viewing figures on Plotr clearly show a genuine interest from 11-24 year olds about a career in the construction and engineering industry, most of them female. That’s great news when you consider that the profile of the average engineer in the construction industry is 55 and male. But it’s not all about engineering, the industry needs a diverse range of skills and abilities, and we need to create opportunities to meet that demand,” said James York, Costain’s Corporate Responsibility Manager.
Costain Communications Department