Galliford Try builds bridges with local students

Callum Finch of Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School in Coventry has successfully completed his placement as an Industrial Cadet with Galliford Try at its Tollbar End site in the city. He is the first cadet to work with the company which is one of just three construction companies to sign up to the scheme to date.

Industrial Cadets is an industry-led accreditation that provides employers with a structured approach to building a future talent pipeline. Inspired by the Prince of Wales to connect industry with young people, employers provide workplace experiences to enthuse 11-19 year olds, helping them develop personal skills and raise awareness of career opportunities.

Callum, currently studying Maths, Physics and Design at A level, spent more than 50 hours working alongside the Tollbar team. During his first week with the company Callum shadowed Galliford Try staff learning all about life as a civil engineer. In his second week he completed a bridge building challenge set by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which required him to design a bridge considering a number of client and environmental requirements. He presented his design to the site management team, a representative from Industrial Cadets, his careers teacher and father on the last day of his placement. He has now been accredited as a gold level cadet.

According to the latest Construction Skills Network report from the CITB and Experian, the construction industry will need to recruit an average of 44,690 workers each year between now and 2019 to meet its projected annual growth of 2.9 per cent.

Helen Nurrish, skills academy coordinator for Galliford Try based at Tollbar, said:

“We need to play our part in inspiring and developing the construction recruits of the future and this sort of initiative also gives us a great opportunity to engage with the local community.”

Galliford Try is about to take on a second cadet and is hoping to expand its involvement further both at the Tollbar scheme as well as its Smart motorways project on the M1 in Northamptonshire which gets under way next year.

Monica Desor, area employer engagement manager for Industrial Cadets in the West Midlands, said:

“More than 2,000 young people each year are able to put ‘Industrial Cadet’ on their CVs thanks to over 50 employers who, like Galliford Try, are keen to ensure that they give these young people the best possible workplace experience to prepare them for the future.”