Beard provide six construction trainees with a valuable year out placement

A number of new arrivals are gaining some valuable experience of the construction industry during their year-out of university. Three of our offices have taken on students who are studying a construction related degree.

The students are all from Oxford Brookes University and applied to Beard following a visit from John Youle, formerly Director of our Oxford Office. John has now taken up the reins of a programme designed to attract talent into the industry and, together with Beard’s HR Manager, to provide the required support and guidance to allow them to flourish.

Much has been said of the ageing construction population and of the construction skills gap; this programme is designed to work to address these issues and to provide Beard with a talent pipeline for years to come.

This programme complements our existing, and very successful, trainee programme, which brings school leavers into the industry and provides them with the academic training to support their on-the-job experience. This programme differs from the year-out placement as it is designed to give them experience in three main areas, quantity surveying, site management and pre-construction.  This gives them an overview of the operation of the business and provide them with an insight of which element of the industry they are most suited to.

In contrast the placement students have already picked an area of focus in the industry and they will work towards gaining useful experience to put their academic learning into practice. However, they will still be given a breadth of experiences, working both on and off site and gaining an understanding of how the various job roles come together to produce the final project.

The culture of the company was a draw for many of the students, the values being a positive attraction. Peter Hammond who joins our Guildford office commented “Beard’s values stood out amongst other construction companies as they seek to work in a friendly, efficient and committed manner”.  Peter, who is studying a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management has always been interested in buildings and decided to join the industry as a QS as it offered a challenging and varied environment.

Eric Adjei, who joined our Swindon Office, felt that that John’s presentation was intriguing and commented that “the provision of necessary training, mentoring and professional development opportunities to its employees was too enticing to turn down”. Eric has changed career path, having formerly served in the Army as a logistics specialist.  When he left the army on medical grounds he decided to follow his passion for construction and retrain as a QS.

In addition to these six year-out placements, our Oxford Office has also taken on a traditional Beard Trainee, Matthew Bowles, who comes to join three other family members who already work for Beard. Matthew says he has “settled in nicely” and hopes to become a QS at the end of his traineeship.

We wish all of our trainees the very best for their time at Beard and hope that they all enjoy their time with us.

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