Kier Regional Building is committed to delivering social impact that positively contributes to meeting the needs of local communities in Tees Valley. In 2017, Kier launched an industry-wide campaign to tackle the current skills shortage, engage the next generation of talent and challenge public perceptions of the industry.
As part of the careers provision in Middlesbrough College, in the spring term, Level 3 Creative Media students from Middlesbrough College were selected to take part in a valuable work experience activity that allowed students to link the curriculum learning to careers, learning from employers and gain first-hand experience of the work place to help with their exploration of career opportunities.
Students visited Kier’s newly constructed, £20million ‘Biosphere’ site where they interviewed, recorded, edited and produced a short video clip by speaking to employees and raising the profile of their roles within the industry.
“I wanted to take part in this because I wanted to gain experience and utilise my skills in editing and cinematography…I’ve learnt to work against a tight schedule and work with broken equipment that I had to improvise with and make the right call. I’ve learnt how to sync the audio and video together and how to colour grade the video so it doesn’t look dark and miserable. I learnt how to work efficiently with my crew so we got the shoot done quicker. I can now take these skills onwards to my future in the media industry” – Jake Turner, Final Year L3 Creative Media Student, Middlesbrough College.
The students gained real industry experience, providing an insight into the world of work, whilst allowing them to get a feel for their chosen industry, reinforcing that this is a career they want to pursue. Furthermore, this also facilitated meaningful and relevant application of knowledge specific to their course content.
“The impact is that the student has produced a piece of film that has been used in the real world and they have been responsible for making it. Work experience also gives future employers a chance to see the potential and passion in students. The experience gives students something real to put on a CV and gives them something they can talk about and relate to in an interview” – Suzanne Whitehead, Work Experience Coordinator, Middlesbrough College.
Completing a practical, hands on task also helped the students utilise a range of employability skills whilst gaining important insights into their career interests and value, supporting future decision making.
Jack Brayford, Business Development Manager (North East) of Kier Regional Building said: “Despite the video being a student project, we found the finished product to be professional and well delivered. This experience is not only great material for Kier when we promote the construction sector within schools, colleges and Universities, but it also gives the students first-hand experience that will help them in their own educational journey and hopefully their eventual careers.
If any other company is interested in giving up their time to support TeesValleyCareers.com, we’d fully recommend doing so. We have a duty within the industry to promote and encourage a new generation of talent in to the built environment and by being involved in this initiative, you are able to promote the talented regional workforce you employ as well as provide information and material to enhance engagement and employability within the Tees Valley”.