Build London Partnership celebrates National Careers Week offering work experience opportunities to construction students at Waltham Forest College

Published on 04/04/2022

Construction students from Waltham Forest College visited a Walthamstow construction site to learn about life in the industry to mark National Careers Week last month.

The session was hosted by the Build London Partnership, alongside Tamil Housing Association and Claritas Group, at the Spruce Hills Road development – where 12 affordable homes are being built (including four London Affordable Rent, six London Living Rent and two Shared Ownership homes).

Amir Ahmed, Director of Learner Services and Marketing, said:

“Our external work placement programme offers life-changing opportunities for our students to undertake meaningful, real work experience which is relevant to their learning and future career prospects.

“Businesses that we work with also find it rewarding too and it is very exciting to see all the new relationships the college is developing, and we hope that our network will formalise the process and enhance its impact of learners progressing onto positive destinations.”

Abi Jacobs, Director of Strategic Partnerships at L&Q, said:

“Construction is a fantastic career – there is nothing more rewarding than building beautiful homes and places which will change people’s lives, and you’ll gain highly transferable skills along the way.

“National Careers Week is a vital initiative for students and young people as it encourages them to take the first step into their careers. Along with our partners, we were delighted to welcome these students to Spruce Hill, and hope they found it a rewarding and inspiring experience.”

Matt Cova, Group Managing Director of Claritas, said:

“We are delighted to support L&Q with National Careers Week.  The introduction of young people into the industry, with the correct support and guidance will hopefully allow them to flourish and reach their full potential. It is exciting to facilitate early exposure and hopefully ignite their passion for all types of construction or for property development within the built environment arena.”

Devan Kanthasamy, CEO at Tamil Housing, said:

“Tamil Housing is delighted to be part of this initiative to support students who will be aiming to achieve vocational qualifications, especially in the field of construction. Tamil Housing has a tradition of supporting student related initiatives – this includes Scholarship Fund and careers advice to support our residents’ children who seek University entrance.”

National Careers Week (NCW) took place 7 - 12 March 2022 and is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.