The team on-site at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), where Esh has been contracted to construct and install of the infrastructure for the first phase of development, were keen to show local young people the work which was being undertaken on the site, as well as supporting them to make informed choices about their future careers by showcasing the options available within the Construction industry.
The team welcomed 12 students from Sunderland college, all studying for a BTEC Extended Level 3 in Engineering, who were able to see first-hand the work being carried out. During their visit, students learned about the process for construction and installation of civil engineering infrastructure and also explored ecological issues on the project. They were provided with insight into the flood alleviation measures which have been installed as part of the scheme and were able to observe these measures in place on the site as they participated in a guided tour.
As part of their ongoing studies, a number of students from Boldon School were also hosted by the site team. During their visit, students received insight into the array of careers available within the construction industry, before being provided with an overview of the scheme and learning about how the work undertaken by Esh Civils contributes to the larger IAMP project.
The Boldon School students also received a guided tour of the site where they were immersed into the site environment and were able to view key aspects of the build in progress.
Steve Marshall at Esh Civils, said: “Our Social Value team works hard year-round to organise these visits, which can only take place at key points within the construction programme. We’re very passionate about encouraging youngsters to consider a career within construction – there are so many options, but it’s often overlooked. It was fantastic to have the students on site with us and we look forward to welcoming more schools as the work progresses.”
The IAMP is set to create thousands of jobs and students like these are going to form its future workforce. It is vital that we engage with them to ensure are they equipped with the skills, knowledge and training to unlock the full potential of these opportunities. Site visits such as this provide a valuable insight into the industries they could well be entering in years to come.”