In March, nine students from Rugby College visited Houlton’s Link Road project to gain insight of a live construction site.
The students are all currently studying a BTEC in Engineering and this was their introduction to the ‘civil engineering’ sector. Up to this point they have mainly focused on motor vehicle, mechanical and electrical engineering.
The site agent for the project, James Stuart, delivered a talk on what the Link Road project entailed and his role within the company. The students were then shown around the site to see first-hand the activities being carried out.
A show of hands confirmed that eight of the students would be keen to return to the site for work experience. This will be arranged over the coming months.
Annie Elson, Work Experience Coordinator from Warwickshire College, said “I’ve never seen students so animated about a company visit. They are all keen to apply for work experience and apprenticeships once they know their results.”
More school and college trips are being planned for later this year, hopefully paving the way for a significant rise in apprenticeship and work experience applications.