Practical experience is often lacking in those entering the construction industry via the academic route, but in the past four years Bridgwater & Taunton College has helped over 400 undergraduates to become fully ‘work ready’.
Delivered at its 8-acre Construction Skills and Innovation Centre, the college’s Construction Live programme offers undergraduates from leading UK universities a week-long, hands-on experience of planning, managing and implementing a range of construction projects in a safe, yet ‘live’ construction environment.
For most participants, this is their first experience of site work, and enables them to see at first-hand what successful construction project management and quality assurance looks like. It also familiarises them with site protocols, and effectively demonstrates how conflicting priorities and variables such as people, teams, materials, deliveries, weather and machinery, can have a potentially negative impact on project schedules.
Construction Live is a highly motivational experience that redefines participants’ perceptions, develops their awareness of potential career paths and progression, and stimulates their ambition and desire to enter and progress within the construction sector. It is supported by some of the UK’s largest infrastructure contractors and developers, who recognise its value at a time when the industry is in desperate need of higher level skills.