Lockdown hasn't stopped Rochdale students from getting a taste of a career in construction thanks to a pioneering work experience programme run by ENGIE as part of their work with us in central Rochdale.
ENGIE have been on site in Lower Falinge since March 2020 to deliver 55 new RBH houses and low-rise apartments as well as new community green space. These homes are a key part of our wider masterplan, developed together with the community, to deliver the right quality and mix of homes for residents in Rochdale town centre.
As part of this partnership, both RBH and ENGIE are committed to delivering additional social value for the local community. With health and safety being an overriding priority, unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic means that on-site work experience is not currently possible. Not to be deterred, ENGIE developed a week long programme of virtual work experience to enable eight local students from Hopwood Hall College to get a taste of a career in construction.
The virtual work experience programme was designed to provide a wide view of the skills required and the pathways available for a career in construction. This included site management, construction skills, health and safety, and commercial and quantity surveying. The students had to complete tasks that they may otherwise not have encountered if they were on site. The week culminated in a session focused on employability including a mock interview with individual feedback to help students to build their confidence.
The students really made a positive impression and it was clear that that they were eager to learn more about the industry. They all reported improved skills in areas such as problem solving, confidence, and job readiness at the end of the experience - as well as gaining new insights into the world of construction.