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1 May 2012

CAVC Budding Brunels offered work experience with national construction company

Three Cardiff and Vale College students have been selected on a VINCI Construction UK summer work placement after taking part in the Budding Brunels Programme. The OCN accredited programme, organised by the national construction and facilities company and charity Construction Youth Trust, provides industry-led careers guidance for students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Eleven Cardiff and Vale College students were selected by Construction Youth Trust to attend the Budding Brunels Programme; a three-day workshop which gives young people first-hand insight into careers in construction and the chance to interact with young professionals working in the industry. The students were expected to do individual and team assignments which helped them learn about the key skills required for a variety of industry roles. 

Over the three-day workshop the students had an exclusive tour of the Welsh Senedd; a ground breaking VINCI Construction UK build famed for its innovative approach to design and sustainability. They also had the opportunity to visit VINCI Construction UK’s Adam Street student accommodation redevelopment and nearby fire station and received employer presentations from young professionals including: Site Managers, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors of VINCI Construction UK at the University of Glamorgan. The students also participated in employer and careers advisers’ sessions to increase their industry awareness and develop interview skills.

All students gained two OCN credits for attending the workshop however three Cardiff and Vale College students who excelled have been offered post-programme work placements by VINCI Construction UK; Louis James, 17; Laura Murphy, 18; and Mubarik Esa, 19. They will take up a one or two week work placement over the summer holidays at a major construction site, based on their expressed area of interest, where they will have the opportunity to shadow and assist senior professionals and complete appropriate tasks.

Ben Churchill, Schools and FE Coordinator, Construction Youth Trust, said: Cardiff and Vale students were certainly a credit to the College and the student feedback has been extremely positive which is of course, the key outcome for Construction Youth Trust. We would greatly welcome the opportunity to continue our relationship with CAVC by partnering for this programme going forward.”

Chris Pape, Managing Director VINCI Construction UK, Building Division – Midlands, South West, Wales and Retail, said: “We’re delighted to give these students the opportunity to experience the professional side of construction first hand.  It’s essential that we invest in our young people to engage and excite them about the Built Environment.  They are our future innovators and we are thrilled to be giving them opportunities such as Budding Brunels to encourage them to see for themselves what they could be part of building in the future.”