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Construction Students Experience Life on Site

The initiative has been set up to offer students the opportunity to experience working in the industry first hand, and to highlight the range of career opportunities available as they prepare for working life. 

As part of JEHU’s commitment to nurturing the next generation and its on-going partnership with Bridgend College, construction students spent the day visiting a working city-centre development, a completed housing development and the JEHU office headquarters.

Students first visited a project in central Cardiff where they were given details and shown evidence of the high degree of planning required to overcome challenging logistic issues on some developments. They were then shown a number of different construction techniques and on site activities by visiting a Waterstone Homes development in Morganstown. A visit to the JEHU offices in Bridgend allowed the students to look at the wide-range of job roles and support activities that happen behind-the-scenes.

Students were also able to question current management trainee Kieran Lynch. Kieran has worked his way up the ranks within JEHU having started as a bricklayer. He was able to offer invaluable insight into both the physical and skills based aspects of the construction industry, in addition to the assistant site management role he now fulfils. 

Gwilym Hughes, HR Strategic Business Manager at Jehu Group, led the day and said: 

“The experience allowed students to see the wide range of activities carried out by the JEHU Group by giving them some very real insights into what they can potentially do once qualified.

“We took them to the housing project in central Cardiff that we are building on behalf of United Welsh as it is a good example of a site with some unique challenges. It sits on an incredibly busy junction and is also located in close proximity to residential homes. In contrast we also took the students to Waterstone Homes’ newest development, Morgans Walk, to see the level of finish evident within our new-build homes.

“What we really wanted to reinforce was that there is a job for everyone within our industry. It isn’t just about bricklaying or plumbing, there are also many opportunities within finance, planning and design.”

Ian Betty, lecturer at Bridgend College, said:

“Thanks to commitment from companies like JEHU, events like these are an effective way to encourage the next generation of construction industry workers. They help to enhance student skills, knowledge and industry awareness and for them to see the wider opportunities available to them. We look forward to working with JEHU on similar events.”

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