National Careers Week

Park Hill site visits

Recently we held numerous site visits at our Park Hill flats project. The visits have included students from Bradway primary school, Meadowhead secondary school and students from Sheffield Hallam University.

During the visits, the team provided a detailed insight in to the design of the iconic building and discussed any issues that the team have worked to overcome. We then invited students to take a tour of the building, where we highlighted what had been discussed during the presentation and finally visiting the show flat to give the visitors an idea of what a finished apartment will look like.

Mock interview sessions

We have continued our engagement with both NYBEP and Sheffield City Region Enterprise Advisor Network. where we were asked to support five schools in Bradford and two schools in Sheffield with the delivery of mock interviews. We were able to provide the students with some great feedback and give some tips for future interviews.

The sessions were successful, and we received some great feedback from students and from NYBEP:
• 94% felt that their confidence and self-belief had improved
• 92% are more motivated to do well in school
• 92% are more aware of their own skills and aspirations
• 100% felt they better understood that a positive attitude is needed to succeed
• 97% felt their communication skills had improved
• 90% felt they are now more prepared for the world of work

“Firstly, can I thank you for your contribution to our annual Y11 Business Day. Your help makes a massive difference to our students’ Y11 experience and preparation for the next stage in their education.” Paul Rockliffe, Assistant Headteacher, Handsworth Grange Sports College

School Employability sessions

We were asked to take part in two employability sessions at two schools in Bradford. These sessions were to educate and inform students about our business, the routes into the construction industry and highlight what type of skills employers usually look for in potential employees. As part of these sessions we also delivered a CV workshop, providing support to students, helping them to understand not only the purpose of a CV, but also what type of information to include.

Work Experience

In February we welcomed two work experience placements, the first being Laura Purdy, who we met at the Leeds Apprenticeship event. She was keen to gain an insight into Quantity Surveying so I organised for Laura to spend a week shadowing Katherine Hill. Feedback from both Laura and Katherine has been excellent.

The second placement was Michael Ball who undertook a week’s experience at Park Hill. Michael is currently studying a multi-skilled construction course at Wakefield College and he was extremely keen to gain some experience on a live construction site, travelling from Wakefield to Sheffield each day to undertake the experience. Feedback from Michael was great, he really enjoyed his time and felt he gained a better understand of working on a live site, especially relating to Health and Safety standards.

Community engagement

We have recently engaged with local Sheffield charity, Sheffield Women’s Aid. This charity Provides help, advice, and emergency refuge space for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Support workers are available to provide advice, guidance and emotional support. After initial engagement, and discussions with site teams at Park Hill and Pet MRI and support from our supply chain we have recently donated various items including white goods and over 100 litres of paint and tools.

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