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Scaffold the World

Jul 14, 2021

Virtual Work Experience for students in Cumbria

 

17 students from Copeland and Allerdale in Cumbria took part in a three-day virtual work experience with KAEFER employees last week.

The students, all aged between 15 and 17, joined online workshops to run through the steps of a project in small groups to gain an insight into all aspects of a project, from tender through to completion.

During sessions on planning, health and safety, human resources, social impact and commercial skills students had the opportunity to speak to a range of KAEFER employees, including senior management, apprentices and trainees—16 in total from the KAEFER family. A session was also delivered by Dianne Richardson, CEO - Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster.

The programme, supported through Speakers for Schools and organised by the KAEFER Team at Sellafield and West Cumbria, aims to give students who wouldn't otherwise have access to industry-leading organisations access to eye-opening work experience placements and inspiring insight days.

During the programme students were given the chance to explore careers in the construction and industrial services industry before presenting back in groups to the cohort. "The students certainly stepped up to the challenge and gave the judges a difficult task in awarding the tender," said Elizabeth Atkinson, Social Impact Manager – Sellafield, KAEFER. "They were given a tricky task to stabilise and encase the world in scaffolding whilst taking into account cost, environment issue and health and safety, as well as come up with a long-term social value initiative: we had some great creative entries for both elements. Our programme was designed to give students an insight into our industry, demonstrating the variety and diversity of opportunities and we hope many of the attendees will think of a career in industrial services in the future."

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