One of the leading players in the construction industry has teamed up with Middlesbrough College’s Advantage Team to give students an insight into the world of work.
Multinational facilities management and construction services company Carillion has been working with the College’s employability team to allow students to really get a taste of their professional application process.
27 students partook in this unique project, where they were given a fictitious job position to apply to within Carillion.
With major projects under their belt including the construction of The Tate Modern in London and The Beetham Tower in Manchester, the company has over 40,000 staff on its books.
Undertaking local construction projects including schools, roads and hospitals, the firm also offers a range of building support services including catering, cleaning, energy management and health and safety.
It means that students from across curriculum areas including building services, construction trades and catering were able to apply for a position based on their career aspirations. From understanding the job description and person specification, to producing a standout CV and cover letter; students were put through their paces.
Applicants were encouraged to attend workshops from the Advantage Team in College and from staff at Carillion, to help them through the process.
Justyna Dziadula, Advantage Programme Administrator commented: “Employers and universities alike are on the hunt for skilled individuals who have more to add to their CV’s and UCAS applications than just a qualification.”
“That’s why at Middlesbrough College, students are encouraged to attend sessions and workshops such as these to help them get the advantage and stand out from the crowd in later life.
“Whether a student has plans to go straight into employment, progress to university, start their own business, or are just looking for life skills; our Advantage Sessions give students access to events, workshops, guest speakers and training exercises.”
6 winners were selected by Carillion based on the quality of their applications and interview performance when put in front of a panel of expert professionals within the company.
Successful students won a £50 voucher and were invited to complete a work placement relevant to their course, which will be a great addition to their CV.
The successful candidates included Catering students Alicia Livingstone and Bethany Straw, Plumbing students David Tait and Richard Barritt, Joinery student Safyan Mahfooz and Electrical student Samuel Jackson.
They were all invited to attend an award ceremony on 16th January to collect their certificate and high street voucher.
All students who took part in the process will receive bespoke feedback based on their performance which will be invaluable to them when searching for future job opportunities.