School Engagement Success with Stratford Construction Pupils

Over 90 GCSE pupils at Stratford upon Avon School got a chance to develop their knowledge of the construction sector, thanks to a ‘speed dating’ session with 24 Fusion colleagues recently.

The pupils, who are studying Architecture and Construction, were challenged to quiz as many colleagues as possible for up to three minutes each within their hour-long sessions.

Nothando Gumunyu, Fusion’s Project Controls Manager, spoke of her experience: “It was a fulfilling experience and it was good to know that the pupils are keen to know what we do and what career opportunities are there for them if they wanted to come into the construction industry.”

The School’s Careers Leader, Sarah Miles, said: “I wanted to say thank you to Fusion again for supporting the School and for bringing together such a wealth of experience. The students were clearly engaged and enjoyed positive conversations which has opened their eyes to a range of different careers, which we are extremely grateful for.”

Becky Tranter, Fusion’s Skills, Employment and Education Manager, said: “This was the School’s first careers networking event. I’ve used it as an introduction, hopefully to discuss with the School how we may support its curriculum.”

The event aimed to highlight the skills required by the HS2 project and the employment opportunities it will create. It forms part of Fusion’s Skills, Employment and Education strategy which incorporates school engagement, recruiting apprentices, supporting the National Colleges, creating work experience placements and tackling joblessness.

Fusion is a joint venture between three leading businesses, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall, that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 (High Speed 2)  line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.

Photo caption: Nothando Gumunyu, Project Controls Manager, engaging with pupils