May 11, 2021 @ 9:07 am by Chloe Holmes

Gateshead-based contractor Tolent is hosting a free online event to inspire students to think about careers in construction and encouraging schools and colleges to enroll.

The event gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the £ 85.4 million Milburngate development in Durham, the contractor’s largest live site.

Those who sign up can take the virtual tour and hear from various team members who provide insights into all areas of the project, from management, design, costs, logistics, and health and safety.

Members of the team will then meet for a live Q&A session in June where students can ask their questions to the panel.

Andy McLeod, Tolent CEO, said, “I am incredibly proud of everyone involved in this project who continues to uphold our reputation as considerate contractors, go beyond what is required of them, and make a real difference for our communities.

“With construction jobs expected to be in excess of 230,000 over the next five years, it is important that we work with students now to promote choice and quality of roles in the industry. We all know the importance of career counseling and support for schools, and without gaining access to schools this year, I am delighted that we can continue to provide support where it is needed. “

Due to the ongoing restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Tolent’s usual activities of conducting on-site visits, supporting school career events, and getting involved in local educational institutions in general, could not be continued.

With the aim of helping young people with their careers as building contractors, the team set out over the past year to create a range of materials to ensure that the focus on jobs in the industry is not lost.

The other activities on offer include the challenge of “Guess the construction career”. In a short video, 14 different employees offer a brief overview of their daily tasks. They show the range of traditional and nontraditional roles in the industry and ask students what job belongs to each member of staff.

A new video has been created for elementary school children to convey the importance of health and safety on a construction site, which is usually delivered to schools near the construction sites.

Despite the challenges of 2020, the teams still managed to allocate more than £ 1.1m in activities of social value, including: 17 internships for people aged 16+, 45 days of work experience, securing 31 apprenticeships and creating six new apprentice roles and colleagues completed more than 23 hours of wellbeing training, including first aid courses in mental health, mindfulness, meditation and stress management courses.

The event will take place on June 9th at 10:30 a.m. To register for the event, contact