Constructing Futures has had a great start to 2018! We've helped seven candidates gain useful work experience on some great projects. One of these being the William McIlvanny campus in Kilmarnock, managed by Kier Scotland. Once complete, the campus will provide the community with a central hub for their nursery, primary and secondary school needs.
Our Constructing Futures Coordinators, Julie and Gillian, caught up with Liam Harley, an HNC Quantity Surveying student on placement, and Gwen Blair, Social Impact and KPI Coordinator for Kier Scotland, to see how Liam's Constructing Futures work experience has went.
Hi Gwen, Liam, thanks for having us along to the site, the project looks fantastic! Liam, what have you been up to on your placement?
I've been shadowing Quantity Surveyors and getting the opportunity to complete some tasks. Given the project is coming to a close, I've been assisting with valuations and getting out on site to see take offs.
I’ve learned a lot and it’s helped me put into practice what I’ve been learning at college.
Sounds like it’s been a good experience. Gwen, how have you found the process and what did you like about Constructing Futures?
Constructing Futures is a valuable programme. It's offering students/graduates the chance to get to grips with the atmosphere on site and to experience working as part of a site team.
The process has been easy and I like the quality of candidates you work with. They are very enthusiastic and reliable.
I'd definitely recommend Constructing Futures to other contractors. In fact, we already have two other placements underway!
Fantastic, we're enjoying working with Kier! Liam, what are your thoughts and what’s next for you?
I agree with Gwen, understanding what’s it’s like on site isn’t something I could have got from my theory at college.
I am going to take what I have learned and apply it to my course. I’m still deciding where I want my career to go but this has helped me narrow my options.
I have already recommended Constructing Futures to my classmates!