Our current Traineeship cohort had the chance to visit Sisk’s, Deptford Foundry project in Lewisham and gain an understanding of what happens on a major construction site. This experience is very important for our student’s as many of them have never been on site before, it gives them a clear idea of what to expect as they take their first steps into the industry.
During the tour, the stages of the build were explained to the students, to give them an insight into how the project is planned and executed. Whilst some students may have some knowledge of construction, actually seeing what happens on a major project is something that was a first for most of them. There was also an explanation of how the trades operated on site, as many students had different ideas of what trade they would like to progress into, this was crucial information for them. Not only did they see how a construction site works, but they also learnt how their specific trade would operate within the wider project.
The tour itself was led by Michael Dunne, Sisk’s Assistant Project Manager, and the students couldn’t speak highly enough of what a positive experience it had been. One of the students said “It was a really eye-opening visit. I have never been on a construction site so it was really interesting to see what goes on, and it’s made me really excited about my work placement, it’s made me even more committed to following a career in the industry”.
The project’s developer, Anthology, had facilitated the tour and their Project Director, Ben Allen, had this to say. ““Anthology were delighted to be able to invite 12 potential, construction apprentices, onto our Deptford Foundry Project in the Borough of Lewisham, for a guided tour of the construction works. K10 sourced and certificated the young people ahead of their visit and the enthusiasm that they showed whilst on site was impressive to see. We’re glad that Anthology and our contractor, Sisk, were able to contribute in such a positive way to the journey of these young people as they begin their fledgling careers in the industry.”
Overall, it was an insightful experience that everybody seemed to benefit from. All of the students reported to feel a lot more prepared for their site placement after such a great day.