Jenna attended Build Camp in 2014 with the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Programme which supports talented young people into engineering careers. Build Camp was a project designed for FE students where they had to build a railway. This has now been developed into our Brunel Line project.
In 2013 I was awarded a scolarship by the Arkwright Trust which was sponsored by the CITB. The CITB introduced me to Build Camp at Constructionarium and this was my first taste of the construction industry. I found it to be an incredibly valuable experience – I had never been on a construction site before and it gave me a real insight into the industry as well as giving me the confidence to think this was something I could do in the future.
The experience definitely influenced my career choices going forward and after my A Levels, I went on to study a BA (Hons) in Architectural Studies at the University of Sheffield. I have recently graduated and I am now a Graduate Trainee at Countryside Properties in Leeds where I will be completing six rotations around the different divisions of the business (from land & planning to development and construction) before deciding which path to take. I would also like to continue my studies to become either RTPI or RICS accredited.
Many things that I learnt at Constructionarium helped me through my degree and in my new role, such as the knowledge of different plant and equipment and health and safety processes. I believe my applications to university and employers stood out from others because of my practical experience and it is rare that students have had the opportunity to gain this first hand.