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Volunteers sought for CIC-ConstructionSkills Coaching Scheme at second London school

Posted: 19th July 2007

Following a successful pilot in 2006-7, the CIC-ConstructionSkills team is seeking Built Environment professionals to join its Coaching Scheme for young people in London and the South East.

This new volunteering programme aims to give students the chance to learn about a wide cross-section of professional careers available in our industry directly from a respected local Built Environment professional and therefore address industry skills shortages. Year 9 students (aged 13 – 14) are able to learn about what professional roles involve and what projects professionals are currently working on. These monthly coaching sessions are complemented by a number of external visits and practical activities which are designed to simulate skills needed as a professional.

The pilot scheme, which was run at Eastlea Community School in the London Borough of Newham, ran from October 2006 – May 2007. Following the success of this pilot, CIC ConstructionSkills are intending to introduce this scheme into a second school in the area in the autumn and are looking to identify new volunteers to participate. In 2006/7 volunteers for the scheme included professionals from Bovis Lend Lease, Child Graddon Lewis, Conisbee, Costain, CTRL, Devereux Architects, Rok and Willmott Dixon. An induction session will be held for all volunteers in early autumn 2007 prior to professionals being introduced to the students.