We established it to help graduates, undergraduates and people wanting to return to the construction industry in Scotland.
There’s a perception that people from these groups have a lack of experience or value to the industry, but Constructing Futures has so far demonstrated that’s far from the truth. Since it’s launch in 2015, we’ve placed over 40 people, a third of whom have gone on to establish permanent careers.
As an established recruiter for the industry, we’ve got strong relationships with our construction clients. So we work with them to find opportunities for voluntary shadow placement roles. This helps people acquaint themselves with current practices, and build a network of industry contacts to improve their chances of finding work.
What is a Shadow Placement?
The candidate will ‘shadow’ an experienced team member to improve their knowledge/experience.
These enable candidates to enhance their work experience on a part-time, unpaid, basis to gain a stronger grasp of what’s expected from the construction industry in Scotland, whilst also having time available to undertake paid employment/study.
Placements are usually 1-2 days per week for a period of 8-10 weeks, although can be as flexible as both parties agree to.
Sounds great for the candidate, but how will this help me?
We are all aware of the skills shortage that is affecting construction, Constructing Futures allows us all to help those who would otherwise be lost to the industry, to gain the experience to start their career. 68% of placements have been offered paid employment within the construction sector.
Is the quality there?
We not only talk to candidates in depth about their career goals and experience, we meet the candidate to ensure we are matching you with the graduate who will gain the most from a placement with you.
We also carry out quality checks to ensure the candidate is ready for a placement in the professional environment. This includes eligibility checks and facilitating candidates through their CSCS card test before they undertake any site based activities.
What if I want to employ the candidate?
If you decide our candidate is the right fit for your team and would like to employ permanently there is a small fee of £750 that is used to help place more candidates into work shadow placements and help fund our initivative. This is a not-for-profit venture.
Constructing Futures gives access to talent that could otherwise go undiscovered in an industry that frequently suffers from skill shortages. It’s also a chance to give people with existing skills and experience the additional knowledge to become the specialist you need.
Giving a member of your existing staff a short-term supervisor role gives you a chance to assess their potential for management too, boosting their confidence in a safe environment and ultimately helping you keep good employees.
Gary Lithgow had a shadow placement at the new Forth Bridge Crossing via Constructing Futures and was offered a fixed-term contract at the end of his placement. He acknowledges that without us, he would likely not have gained the experience or the job opportunity.
Finally, without wanting to be too warm and fuzzy about this, it’s an opportunity for your company to feel good and give something back to the community. So if you’re interested in helping us help others and support Scotland’s construction industry, hit the button below.
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