#Workexperience and what we’re doing to promote engineering work experience in the local community

Educating the next generation about the opportunities available to them within the construction industry is the key to banishing the skills gap. That’s why our business development manager Charlotte Glover has spent the work showcasing the sector to a work experience student. She tells us more in our blog.

This week, we’ve had year 10 student Grace Glover, who currently attends Flixton Girls School, with us in our Manchester office on work experience. She has been introduced to the wonderful world of mechanical and electrical engineering and what goes on behind the scenes when we help to make buildings come to life – and communities come together.

Engineering is a great career path for so many different people and here at BSD, we’re playing our part in educating people on the opportunities available to them.

Development and infrastructure is important for the whole country, but at the moment the sector is in the grips of a skills shortage – which is both limiting construction activity and increasing labour costs.
This is why, as a company, we’re working hard to encourage more new talent into the industry by promoting the careers and opportunities that are available in engineering, construction and property from a young age.

Not only has Grace been spending time in our offices, she has also been out on the road – two different sides to engineering. We’ve shown her how engineers get to be creative through design, while also being analytical through problem solving.

We believe more needs to be done to educate pupils – as well as their parents and teachers – about what options are available and what a rewarding career in construction can look like. It’s not all about being on a building site in a hard hat!

It’s also important to promote the industry to girls and students studying STEM subjects who would not typically consider a career in engineering and construction.

We are hoping that Grace, who was previously undecided about her future career path, has enjoyed her time with us and she will go back to school next week and encourage others to delve into the rewarding careers that are available within engineering.