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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Design Engineering Work Experience

Year 10 attend ‘Your Professional Future Programme’ at Turner and Townsend

Eight Year 10 Design Engineer Construct students attended Turner & Townsends’ ‘Your Professional Future Programme’ and successfully engaged with multiple construction professionals.


Young Professionals Programme

Activities completed by the students during the week at Turner & Townsend offices at One New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC1

  • Creating a professional profile: - CV writing/ LinkedIn
  • Bid creation:  - Preparing  bid documents in relation to an aviation project
  • Understanding the client brief: identifying Critical Success Factors for the project against which the project performance will be measured - identifying the relevant stakeholders and how their interests influence the project
  • Technology in construction: uses of technology in construction (design, construction, management). Interactive session where students can engage with the technology used e.g. BIM, Augmented Reality etc.
  • Health & Safety:  - presentation on H&S in construction, identifying and managing H&S on projects, linking it to the specifics of the project case study
  • Establishing a budget:  - presentation on order of cost estimating. Student groups utilising cost data provided by T&T to build up an estimate for the project and use this as the budget figure
  • Creating a project schedule: building up a schedule. Students built up a high level programme for the scheme utilising schedule data provided by T&T
  • Risk & Opportunity Identification:  - presentation on identifying risk and opportunities and compiling and managing a risk register. Student groups created a project risk & opportunity register for the aviation project
  • Creating a project report:  - presentation on contents of a project report and the purpose of reporting. Students were given updated information about the project's performance, such as costs to date, H&S incidents, SPI, risks realised. Students  then created an integrated project report including reporting against the Critical Success Factors, project budget and programme that they had established earlier in the week.
  • Finishing project report and presenting at a progress review: Students finished compiling their reports and prepared presentations for a project progress update.
  • Students then presented their progress updates to four T & T professionals in the Board Room 

During the week the students gained experienced in Cost Management, Project Management, Project Controls, Risk Management and Health and Safety. They demonstrated an ability to understand and utilise practises and tools for managing the successful delivery of a major infrastructure project. In addition, they demonstrated good communication, enthusiasm, receptiveness to new ideas and concepts, an ability to work in a team and to work independently, all of which will set them up for a successful career in the construction industry.

Mr Foote