The Construction Youth Trust has teamed up with Network Rail for three days to work with young people from Swindon College to help them access employment opportunities in the Engineering and Construction industry.
Throughout the three days, they will be doing various activities including Project Management of tasks for Electrification of the rail network, a visit to Reading Station, employability workshops and speed interviews at STEAM museum. This will give the students an insight into the job opportunities available in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects.
To start the week off, The Construction Youth Group, a registered charity, and Network Rail are visiting The University of Bath Engineering Department to introduce themselves and talk through some presentations, where the students will be able to ask questions and gain an understanding of their jobs and the skills needed to enable them to do their roles.
On the second day, students will take a trip to Reading Station, where they will have a tour of the station, the materials compound and watch a time lapse video activity. This will help the students learn of the site considerations at the station, including the range of roles and how health and safety is managed.
The final day, the students will be visiting the STEAM Museum, where they will be taking a tour of the museum, followed by an interviews skills session and speed interviews afterwards. This will help them develop an understanding of interview techniques.
Five lucky students will then get the opportunity to have one week of work experience with Network Rail and include a valuable reference for their CV.
Jacqueline Grubb, Director of Curriculum said: “Swindon College is committed to increasing the employability skills for our learners and providing valuable work experience with a clear line of sight to work.”