21 November 2016
We are proud of our ongoing activities with Ahead Partnership’s Make the Grade programme which allows our colleagues to help young people choose the right career path. Over the years our teams across the UK have been able to bring ideas and inspiration through real-life, hands on experiences to young children at schools in both Birmingham and Leeds.
Here, we focus on our team in Birmingham who are currently working to support students from two schools in the area. The aim is to prepare them for the world of employment by supporting them to develop core skills, including problem solving, creative thinking and teamwork whilst informing them of the career options available in the sector. The Birmingham team have been involved with a number of career and workshop events and in the coming academic year will look to take part in ‘face to face’ interview skill sessions, leadership events and arrange a workplace visit.
As part of the programme, the WYG team are engaging those pupils through career related activities and have recently launched a ‘WYG Land Development Challenge”.
The practical solution based activity involves land development and planning and students are allocated a specific piece of land along with details of proposed development. Students will be tasked with identifying impacts – both positive and negative, stakeholder groups that will be affected and associated problems that may arise, such as traffic congestion or flooding issues and how these can be addressed. Most importantly the activity is ‘hands-on’ and fun!
Dan Palmer, Associate, WYG said: “We are committed to supporting education and raising awareness of career opportunities in engineering, transport and planning, enabling them to make the right decisions for their future. Through the various activities we hope to inspire young people to enter the areas of the industry where we operate. The events help the team to look at their daily roles from a new perspective and gain huge satisfaction from working with the pupils.”
Commenting on the programme activities, a student said: “I believe that it has helped me understand how land developers decide where to build. It has also helped me to find out what jobs you can get from geography and engineering.”
The next year will see Ahead Partnership developing the planning challenge and WYG volunteers will continue to support key employability activities including interview practice, careers events, workplace visits and workshops as part of the wider Make the Grade Birmingham programme.
More information about Ahead Partnership and their programmes can be found on the website www.makethegrade.org.uk