Students from years 10 to 13 at The Leigh Academy who are interested in construction as a possible future career pathway attended a focus on construction event at their academy on March 12th.

Our valued guests were from MACE Construction, B+K and Morgan Sindall Fit Out.

Students began the event by hearing a short verbal presentation by each company:

Morgan Sindall Fit Out

Morgan Sindall spoke about their two year HNC rotation programme where employees have the opportunity to work in a number of departments. The company has also previously presented to post 16 students on their amazing degree apprenticeship programme. Particularly relevant to students was that Leigh Academy alumni and degree apprentice Amey Brown was part of the team that visited the academy.

B+K

B+K are currently building fellow LAT academies, Snowfields Academy and Bearsted Academy. Project Manager, Ben, spoke about his own career journey adding that he finds the role most rewarding in seeing a building ready for use, especially when it is for young people- he loves building schools! He stressed that construction is not just about bricks. Jack, a trainee quantity surveyor at B+K spoke about earning whilst he is learning and that he will go on to complete his degree whilst at B+K. He has gained a great deal of experience as a trainee including attending client meetings and learning about the finance aspects of building.

MACE Construction

Alex, Quality Director at MACE, talked about many of the iconic buildings that she has worked on that would be familiar to students. She elaborated upon the growth of the company that she’s witnessed since joining (from 500 staff to 6,500) and changes that are likely within the industry in the not so distant future. She talked about the increased use of technology with robots and drones coming to the fore as well as the attributes that the company looks for in its employees.

After the presentations, students had the opportunity to talk one to one with our visitors to ask specific careers questions and many took away useful printed information to further digest.

Sincere thanks to our guests for taking the time to visit.