• 5 November 2015

Waterman attend Budding Brunels programme

Inspiring young people to consider a career in the construction industry can prove to be a very rewarding experience.

David Marshall and Phil Scally from our structures and building services teams joined the Budding Brunels intensive three-day programme in October at the Washington Mayfair Hotel in Central London. The scheme, which is run by the London-based charity Construction Youth Trust in partnership with British Land, attracted a group of 30 college students to learn more about the vibrant industry and what they might expect should they aim for a career in it.

David explains that the day is all about giving young people the information they need to make the right decision about their career, often they found out what they wanted by talking to industry executives and hearing what they have to say. “The Budding Brunels programme is providing students with a great insight into the construction industry in general, and the various sectors that come together to deliver a project.” He said; “Once the students find a job role that interests them, I think that it gives them something to aim for and a direction to follow, which is fantastic at their age.”

David joined a series of presentations to share insight into his background in engineering, exciting projects, and how he uses his skills in his job whilst Phil participated in the judges’ panel on a competition among the students. Executives from other firms in the construction industry were also involved, including representatives from Laing O’Rourke, Squire & Partners Architects, British Land and Second London Wall.

The intensive three-day programme proved to be a rewarding experience for the students. Azmol, from Quintin Kynaston Academy in North London, said he found the experience invaluable, and that for him the most important aspects of it were “interviewing people from different companies, gaining knowledge and what I need to do in order to be successful”.

Pedro, from City of Westminster College said; “The Budding Brunels programme has given me a lot to think about for the future – I didn’t know there was so much choice. It has really opened my eyes.”

For more information about the Budding Brunels programme, visit their website.