Built environment professionals needed for workplace mentoring scheme

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The Construction Industry Council’s North West Regional Committee, chaired by Aled Williams from The University of Salford, in partnership with the Higher Education Academy and CITB-Construction Skills has launched a workplace-based mentoring scheme for students in North West England taking place between February and July 2013.

A consortium of universities in the North West of England that includes Salford has engaged in the scheme, which aims to match 2nd year built environment undergraduates with construction industry professionals who have successful careers in their chosen fields.

The scheme has already secured interest from 40 potential employer mentors and firms such as The Co-operative Group, ISG, GVA, The Casey Group Ltd, Seddon Construction, Wates, Kier Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Mansell Construction Services Ltd, Lend Lease, Cruden, Forrest, Green Project Management Ltd, Capita Symonds, Raynes Architecture Ltd, Oriel Services Ltd, Integrated Health and Safety Ltd, Pochin, Rowlinson Construction, GB Building Solutions Ltd and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The organisers are calling for professionals in graduate roles with at least two years’ experience in employment in the construction industry, who are willing to spend a short amount of time meeting with one or more students, to come forward to act as mentors.

The aims of the project are to help students to link the theory of their university course to real workplace practice and to introduce them to professionals already working in the roles that they aspire to. For mentors it may provide an opportunity to reflect on their own work, meet other mentors and gain CPD in mentoring. At the end of the project, in the summer, there will be a meeting of mentors and organisers to share experiences and consider how the pilot workplace programme might be progressed.

The University of Salford’s Aled Williams, who is CIC Regional Chair, said: “Having people who are prepared to act as mentors provides a great opportunity for a student and has the potential to make the difficult transition from study to work both easier and more successful.”

For more information, contact Andy Turner from the School of the Built Environment.

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