Schools invited to engineering careers fair

More than 200 construction and engineering professionals will advise on potential career options at Foundations Live

Registration has opened for Foundations Live, where over 50 engineering and construction companies will convene to demonstrate possible career paths in the sectors.

This year’s event in East Yorkshire will be the first to be held since the onset of the pandemic.

The previous Foundations Live, in 2019, saw more than 200 industry professionals on hand to offer advice to school and further education students.

A similar number is expected this time around, with construction and engineering exhibitors offering digital demonstrations and information drop-in sessions for interested parties.

“It’s a hugely beneficial event to attend,” said Ken Wilson, a senior branch manager for the day’s sponsor, Jewson.

“We not only help young people understand more about their career options, but also network with industry peers, meet clients and consultants, as well as showcase the diversity of what our business and industry as a whole has to offer.”

The free event is organised by the Hobson & Porter construction and maintenance firm and run in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board.

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“With the huge skills shortages that our industry is facing, it’s everyone’s responsibility to work together to attract more people from every background into our industry,” said Hobson & Porter director, David Blades.

“We all know what needs to happen, and we can’t ignore the crisis our industry is facing – we need to work together to attract new talent and train and nurture those people as, ultimately, if we all pull together everyone benefits.”

Another fan of the event is Darren Storrer, head of the Institute of Building Technologies, Hull College.

“Attendance at Foundations Live is a must for any student wanting to learn about their career options,” he said. “The event is informative and a great hands-on day, where our learners can talk to employers, contractors and suppliers and see the latest innovations in construction. With the focus being on environmental and sustainability, we are educating the future of the industry.

“We have had learners that have secured work experience and apprenticeships through connections made at the event, and lots of learners find out about new areas of the industry that they previously thought was inaccessible to them.”

Foundations Live will be held at Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire, on 20 October. Click here to register for the event or, for further information for schools, click here.

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