A workplace mentoring scheme, titled ‘The Learner Voice’, was piloted in the North West. ISG participated in the scheme with five team members supporting the initiative, which is a partnership between the Construction Industry Council (CIC) North-West Regional Committee, the Higher Education Academy and CITB.
A consortium of universities in the North West agreed to take part in the scheme which aims to match 2nd year Built Environment undergraduates with construction industry professionals who have successfully built careers in their chosen fields.
Students at four universities were mentored. The partnerships were suggested on the experience that each representative could offer, and also linked in to where each mentor was brought up, to add extra relevance.
Richard Wynne was studying for a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management at Liverpool John Moores University, and had regular meetings, discussing topics including Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS), forms of procurement variation management and the overall construction market.
Richard commented: “It has been great to get some support and guidance from somebody working in construction, offering an insight into how the industry really works. Gary’s knowledge and use of real world examples has given me a better understanding of some key areas, and this will certainly help in making the transition from study to the workplace.”
ISG will continue to participate in the scheme and other areas are now also looking to roll out the scheme.