Construction is one of the largest sectors in the UK economy – with a turnover of £370 billion, contributing £138 billion in value added to the UK economy and employing 3.1 million people (9% of the total UK workforce).
Construction is a diverse sector which offers a huge range of job opportunities and having a skilled and talented workforce is essential to the competitiveness of the construction industry. Few sectors have the same potential to provide large numbers of high-skilled, well-paid jobs and because the industry is so vital there is never a shortage of opportunity. However, with almost a fifth (17%) of those working in construction aged over 55 – the sector needs to develop a flow of new entrants into the industry to tackle skills shortages and deliver future projects.
Work experience is a great way to give people of all ages an initial taste of the industry and provide a stepping stone into longer term work and training. Seddon understands that the future of our profession is underpinned by the continued recruitment of high calibre, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals.
To inspire future industry talent and to support more people into the industry to tackle skills shortages, Seddon provides several opportunities for young people to explore possible career options within the built environment.
Industry Partner Employer
Whilst qualifications are important, on-site experience shows a potential employer that someone can put their knowledge into practice and have developed other important skills such as teamwork, reliability, communication, and logical thinking. As an Industry Partner Employer with Salford City College, Seddon offers work experience placements to students who are currently completing a construction course at the college in plumbing, brickwork, painting, electrical, site management and quantity surveying.
Contractual Social Value Commitments
Seddon take pride in working proactively to deliver social value for the local communities where we operate. Within this, there is significant scope for activities supporting skills development, training, and employment. By working closely with local colleges, pre-employability providers and Construction Skills Centres, Seddon provide T-Level students studying professional construction courses, NEETs (Not in Education Employment or Training), veterans, care leavers and other hard to reach groups with a vast variety of work placement opportunities. Placements are trade based or in design, surveying, planning to general labouring.
Over a 12 month period, Seddon have supported young learners from 11 educational establishments and youth employment programmes; 26 work placements have taken place within various trades and occupations; 2 learners have now successfully gained employment with Seddon as apprentices.
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