A group of 16 to 17 year olds from UTC Norfolk were given the chance to design their own sports facility as part of a technical challenge to give young people real-life working experience.
Over the course of three weeks teams of students, who are studying STEM and business related subjects, were given the task of acting as the Structural Engineer for the build of a new sports facility working within their teams to develop a structural scheme for the building foundations and superstructure.
At the end of the three weeks students presented their schemes to the judging panel which consisted of Jason Richardson and Brendan Audis from the NPS structural engineering team and Vince Warren, Head of Property Services at NPS. The winning team consisted of Alex Mitson, Jonah Rogers, George Durrant, Lewis Nagle, Daniel Lewin and James Mason, (pictured).
Laura Humphreys, NPS Talent Manager who also sits on the Industry Liaison Group at the UTC said: "If we are to combat the skills gap facing many of our professions we need to be getting into schools and colleges early to demonstrate to students how they can apply the subjects they are studying to real life careers. The technical challenge is a great way of bringing a role to life and hopefully influencing the students to consider a career they may not otherwise have thought of."
This is the second year that NPS has been involved in a UTC technical challenge and forms part of a commitment to encouraging young people into careers in property. The first challenge resulted in a number of successful work experience placements and interest in future apprenticeships.
Engagement with the UTC has gone from strength to strength with the NPS Talent Team and people from within our property professions regularly taking part in activities to prepare the students for work. The impact of this work is evident in the successful recruitment of an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, Jordan Dungar who was first identified at a UTC careers fair and after successfully completing work experience was offered an apprenticeship.
“This is a real example of the multitude of ways businesses can engage with students whilst building their talent pools of the future,” said Laura.