Graduate Intake Increases
28 September 2015
This year’s intake of Costain graduates has undergone a five-day ‘Bootcamp’ to familiarise them with the Company’s methods and ethos.
In an indicator of Costain’s growing strength and requirement for more personnel, no fewer than 85 new graduates from disciplines including Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Finance and Human Resources gathered at an Oxfordshire hotel. The number was up on last year’s figure of 79 graduates.
Graduate trainees undergo a three-year programme designed to integrate them into the organisation.
The first day saw them receive presentations on the Company’s vision and the importance of its brand, as well as on safety, health and environmental subjects, to give them an overall awareness of the organisation.
The following three days saw them undergo self-awareness behavioural training undertaken by a specialist external company, designed to show them that “It’s not just about doing the job, but how you do the job and how you interact with others,” explained Graduate Development Officer, Leonie Smith.
With that in mind, they undertook a series of exercises aimed at encouraging teamwork, managing their time effectively and juggling tasks.
The graduates had also to use the three days to prepare presentations of their own, but were regularly interrupted in order to undertake other tasks: “In the real world, you wouldn’t have the luxury of all the time in the world to prepare a presentation – these tasks mirror work conditions,” explained Leonie.
The Friday of the induction week linked back to the initial day, with more Company presentations on its strategy.
The graduates will now be assigned to individual projects or departments: “The whole idea is to fast-track them through, meet the right people and to progress,” added Leonie.
Costain Communications Department