CONSTRUCTION CAREERS information in nine secondary schools was boosted this week by a new support programme launched by contractor Costain.
The Building Awareness scheme will see Costain work closely with the schools to supply careers advice, work experience, site visits and classroom assistance.
The contractor has committed around £20,000 to the scheme and assigned senior staff to liaise regularly with each school. The programme is supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Construction Industry Training Board and recruitment consultant Anders Elite.
Pupils and teachers from each school battled against the Tube strikes in London last week to meet up for a special launch ceremony.
Costain chief executive Stuart Doughty, himself a school governor, kicked off the scheme by handing each school a cheque for £500.
Doughty said: 'I simply cannot accept that young people are naturally more attracted to softer sciences. There seems to be a general lack of awareness of what construction is about and consequently young people are not seeing the breadth of exciting career opportunities construction can offer.'
After the meeting at Great George Street all were taken to see the London Eye and then to St Pancras to view the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project where Costain is one of the contractors.
The company said it expects to recruit around 400 staff over the next three years including around 120 graduates.
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