On the 20th of April, 90 Braintree-based students came along to Braintree's brand new STEM Innovation Centre for our latest Construction Taster Day and found out about the diverse range of opportunities available in the sector.
The Centre, based at Colchester Insitutes Braintree Campus, is being built to train young people and adults to directly support skills needs identified by the Essex Employment and Skills Board and Braintree District Council in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Students from Alec Hunter, Maltings Academy and Tabor Academy - were the first ever to use the new Centre (the launch isn’t planned for a few weeks), with Colchester Institute staff even having worked late the night before to ready the building for visitors. After a couple of short opening presentations – including from Matt McBride from AECOM, this year’s Young Project Manager of the Year at the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) awards – students were split into groups and ushered into the first of their four workshops through the day.
Those workshops were led by representatives of Morgan Sindall, Anderson Group, Barnes Construction, the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and Colchester Institute themselves, with students taking part in activities and hearing about Construction-related careers. And after lunch, had the chance to speak to additional employers such as Roalco, Tamdown Construction and Cadmans in an employer ‘marketplace’ session, as well as to Colchester Institute representatives about Apprenticeships and full-time courses at the Braintree campus.
We are hugely grateful to each of the employers that took time out to be part of the event, to the schools that came along and to Colchester Institute for co-ordinating the day and hosting us in such an amazing new facility in our students’ back-yard! We hope to work with many of the same students in 2017/18 to help source experiences of work and pursue future Apprenticeship opportunities.