We regularly receive emails from people looking for graduate schemes and apprenticeship opportunities within our industry. They are often frustrated, disillusioned and running out of ideas because they don't know who to ask their questions to . We know this is an issue and hence we have created the student/trainee and academic memberships (see here).
We would therefore like to use this opportunity to say to any of you feeling this way, that our industry is very lucky to have you and there are many opportunities awaiting for you.
We have come up with three areas you will find worth exploring and which you might not have been aware of:
1. Contractor training schemes: Many contractors have on going schemes that can offer you opportunities to grow in your role and develop within the company whilst working. They are a good alternative to traditionally structured educational routes that require a large economical commitment. You can find a list of top contractors at Construction News (here) and , for NAWIC members , a list of job hunting links in our resources section
2. Large developments near you: Many developers have a list of conditions related to local employment and training within their Section 106 . This means, that if you live near a large site and are interested in an apprenticeship or a graduate scheme, the contractor is likely to be looking for someone like you. Don't be shy and put yourself forward.
3. Construction Skills Centres: As well as offering training, they are in constant communication with key players in the industry and know which contractors are looking for someone like you. CITB are always aware of where those are located hence it is worth for you to keep an eye on their website (here).
4. Further suggestions: Women into construction have a work experience programme to help you gain insight and make that first connection with an employer. You can contact them following this LINK and enquire. Built by Us, a new project emerging in South London are also looking to act as a link between people like you and the industry, do look them up too. (LINK)