One of the things we pride ourselves on is being involved in and giving back to our local community. We’re passionate about inspiring future generations and making sure that they know about the opportunities available to them when they leave school.
Recently our Operations Director, Jason, attended The Big Futures Show. A careers fair for students and job seekers to find out about the different opportunities within their local area.
We were proud to share a stand with Sunninghill Construction and Westridge, two other local contractors, and to have meaningful conversations with a wide range of people. From students still in school thinking about the future right through to people who are looking for a career change.
Out of all the conversations that we had, one of the biggest takeaways was that too many people don’t realise just how diverse the construction industry is. It’s a common misconception that working within construction is about being a builder. When in reality, there are hundreds of different roles on offer.
One of the most frequent things that Cheesmur staff do is attend schools to talk at their assemblies about careers in construction. Including the paths that they took to get where they are today which we always find to be really beneficial for students.
It’s great that schools are providing more careers information to students and we’re always more than happy to attend when we can to support them. One of our most recent school visits was by Dan, Aimee and Terry who went to Chailey School in Lewes. They gave an assembly to the year nine students about the routes that they took to get to where they are.
This particular visit was part of their careers programme and ties in with Dan’s role as the school’s Enterprise Advisor. Which means that Dan works directly with the leadership school at Chailey School to develop effective employer engagement plans.
Every year we also participate in local schools’ work experience weeks. We always find these special weeks to be really beneficial to the year 10 students as they shadow key members of our team. Allowing them to experience life in the industry, getting the hands on experience they need to understand what it’s like to work for a build contractor.
We look forward to doing more work with local schools in the future and hope that our involvement helps students begin to understand the vast amount of opportunity available to them.
If you’d like Cheesmur to get involved with your careers programme, please contact email@example.com.
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