Willmott Dixon & Bridgwater & Taunton College

Monday 27th January, 2020

The Challenge
In 2018, 11.3% of all young people aged 16to 24 years in the UK were not in education, employment or training (NEET). With the construction industry currently facing a skills shortage, it is important that we encourage young people into the industry and demonstrate the great career opportunities on offer.

The Response
The site team linked with #Focus5, a project providing support to young people aged 15-18 across the South West struggling to move forward in life and who are not in education, employment or training or at risk of becoming so. Four of their young people who were interested in a work placement were invited to see our site and meet the team together with their key worker. One candidate, Brad, seemed particularly keen and dedicated to gain work experience on our site to help him gain a construction apprenticeship.
Construction Manager Mike was impressed with Brad’s perseverance and agreed to host him on site for a week’s work placement. Brad worked alongside our carpentry supply chain partner Constructs South West which he enjoyed so much that he ended up extending his placement for a further 2 weeks.

The Results
As a result of his work placement at Bridgwater
& Taunton College and Brad’s drive and
enthusiasm he was able to secure a carpentry
apprenticeship with Constructs South West.