On Friday 28 June, students from Connell Sixth Form College, Manchester, visited London as part of two workplace experiences based around the construction industry. Funded by Wates construction company, students enjoyed two masterclasses: Preparing for Work with the Wates team in Westminster and Brand You with professional services company Turner & Townsend in the City of London.

Jon Brookes, Social Value & Sustainability Manager at Wates, shares his experience of the visit and why workplace experiences are so important for young people’s careers education.

“Workplace visits are essential for both employers and students. For the students visiting a workplace, it gives them an insight into the world of work and what to expect, it informs them of their choices and what career paths can be available to them.”

This was an amazing opportunity. I realised that construction isn’t just about laying bricks, it’s about bringing people from different departments together to complete a project.

Lareb Munawar, student

“For us as an employer it is important that we can inspire the next generation into careers in the built environment – and a workplace visit is one of the best ways to do that.  For many of the students, it was the first time they had travelled into London so I think it was a great opportunity for them. Many of them mentioned that they didn’t know much about the construction sector so really enjoyed learning more, being able to physically visit the site we are building bought it all to life.”

The trip was incredibly interesting, we got to learn a lot about the construction industry and I realised how much detail goes into every step of the construction process. We met a lot of new people which really improved my confidence. 

Alima Niang, student

“Wates have worked with Career Ready for 3 years now and along with the relationship, the work we have done together has grown and flourished. Working with Career Ready and their networks has always helped us to be different in the sector and offer unique and inspiring opportunities for the next generation.”

The thing I found beneficial was meeting an actual employer in the workplace and learning about their journey to become successful.

Nafeesa Ansari, student

Megan Treharne from Turner and Townsend also shares her experience of the visit and explains why she’s keen to see students visiting the workplace.

“It was great to see the students in our workplace and be able to hear the questions they had about the business. The level of engagement and ambition in the room was really inspiring. We got involved in this workplace visit to give students from all backgrounds the opportunity to find out first-hand what’s available in construction and the various routes into employment.

The Career Ready programme is brilliant, they are one of our main partners and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with lots of students from across the UK. This session was a really rewarding experience and the students responded so positively.”

Learn more about how we work with employers such as Wates and Turner & Townsend to help young people kickstart rewarding futures, or get involved and make a lasting difference.