Students from NewVic Sixth Form College in Newham studying for a T-Level in construction recently completed 60-day work placements at two of Partnerships London's flagship schemes; Brunel Street Works and Great Eastern Quays.
During the placements, which offer 315 hours of work experience, students spent time with teams including Health & Safety, Commercial and Design.
The programmes are designed to increase confidence, skills and abilities and to encourage young people into a career in construction.
Discussing the placements, Sarah Budd, Employment & Skills Manager at Partnerships London, said:
“These courses are fantastic and provide students with genuine experience of the workplace. It’s certainly not two months of tea and coffee making and some filing – it’s proper experience of working life on a construction site. We don’t feel like we’re doing the students a favour, in fact it’s the opposite. By investing time at this stage of their careers we can develop local site managers and quantity surveyors for the future, helping to create a sustainable and well managed workforce.”
Lisa Parkhomchuk from NewVic College added:
“Naturally, as hard as you try you can’t replicate a real industry placement in a college environment. These courses give students genuine site-based experience, allowing them to learn as part of the team and to discover the exciting careers that can be found in construction. Seeing them grow and enjoying the job they want to do as a career makes me really proud.”
Partnerships is one of several main contractors to trial the T-Level pilot in construction across the UK, however we are the only construction firm that will feature within an official Department for Education (DfE) promotional video to be published later this summer.