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Megan's opportunity to discover construction

A sixth form student from Hednesford seeking to investigate what working life is like has taken on a week’s worth of work experience, aimed at providing relevant information and guidance into what an average day consists of working within the construction business.

As a part of her course at her sixth form, year 12 student Megan wanted to be able to develop her skills and attributes which would qualify her to take a leap into further education to pursue her dream career of journalism.

Megan, from Kingsmead School in Hednesford, took part in this experience from 9-13th July 2018 and was involved in insightful activities such as, testing an app that would be used to effectively sign staff and visitors in and out safely, as well as taking a tour of one of our many active construction sites to ensure that it was ready for the considerate constructor’s programme.

However, the main offices in Cannock was the central location as to where Megan’s activities would take place due to her love of media and marketing.

Megan took part in helping to set up new computers and programmes to benefit those working in the office as well as increasing her own knowledge of what it takes to work within construction.

She said: “It was really great to look at the technological side of media as I’m used to the more academic part, so it was nice for me to venture out of my comfort zone and learn new skills that are definitely going to help me in the future.”

Megan asked for work experience at Jessup as a last resort after a relentless struggle to try and find it in the media sector.

She said: “Although I have no interest in working in construction, I think it is important to understand how a business runs and this has been a fantastic opportunity to talk to professionals working within the company about the procedures that they have to go through so that everything works correctly. This experience has also informed me about how much time and hard work it takes for new projects to be built, making me appreciate those who do work ‘behind the scenes’ within the company to ensure that everything is done to the highest of standards.”

Throughout the week, Megan was introduced to new people that have crucial roles into making the business run effectively. From quantity surveyors to site managers, they were all there to support Megan as well as to ensure that her week as Jessup was the best that it could be.

She said: “As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted by many friendly faces and everyone was keen to introduce themselves and this straight away put any worries at ease as well as creating a positive impression of the company. It was as though everyone was a happy family, and this made me want to come in each day.”

Throughout the week we had her unboxing all different kinds of exciting gadgets such as tablets, PC’s, printers, and monitors all put in place to improve the effectiveness of those working in the office.

She said: “It was good that I did this as these skills are transferable at school as well as at home because my family aren’t very technical so maybe I can teach them a few things with what I’ve learnt this week.”

Megan also had the opportunity to go out to one of our sites at Rosliston, she was given the correct PPE (personal protection equipment) and was sent on her way to Burton Upon Trent accompanied by the community engagement manager, Karen. This gave her the opportunity to see the process of construction and what a construction site should look like to meet high standards.

This would have enabled Megan to look at what Jessup do outside of the office, and this was important because we are known for making houses as well as other buildings. At this site, she met the Site Manager and was informed about what his role was as well as given a tour of what life is like on a construction site. This included looking at the prayer room, and the library as well as typical construction site places such as the building itself.

We think that it is great to help young people to experience working life as we believe that it prepares them for the future and will make them feel comfortable when it comes to the real thing, however Jessup aims to do this in a way where it makes the individual feel comfortable and confident when taking part in tasks and activities.

Credit: Megan Birch July 2018
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