We are extremely proud of our achievements and our aim is to encourage the next generation of QS’s, Estimators, Project and Site Managers.
Our commitment to the development and progression of individuals is key to us and our structured support means we can expand and enhance learning and knowledge throughout.
We do this through a number of processes, some of which are shown below.
Britcon believes in the future generation taking us forward, that’s why we actively encourage our teams on and off site, to look at the opportunities available to apprentices whilst preparing for a new project.
We believe apprenticeships are an important way of bringing a diverse range of talented people into the company and the construction industry.
There are so many benefits to being an apprentice;
First-hand experience gained. When you start an apprenticeship, you will learn your trade from an experienced Britcon team member. You will work with someone who’s an expert and who will help you learn how to be an expert too.
A skill you can use. Jobs that start with an apprenticeship are highly skilled, and they are in high demand. After all, not everyone can be an engineer! It takes specialised training, which you’ll gain through your apprenticeship. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have credentials that will be valued anywhere you go.
Earn while you learn. People don’t usually get paid to learn something new! But as an apprentice, you’ll learn a new skill and get paid while you learn.
As well as supporting in-house, we encourage our supply chain and offer support through apprentice uptake on projects they and we are working on.
Tropical World - Working together with CHY and Leeds CC, Britcon offered bespoke work experience for individuals to work along side the project manager/various trades, achieve a 400% above our target for this area.
Britcon also assisted apprentices to gain further experience on site, again over-delivering on their target at 113%.
Regularly, we have 'year out' students with us from Universities and Colleges In 2017, for example, we had 3 university students and 1 recent school leaver with us to gain work experience on site and in the office. We are keen to ensure everyone who comes to us gains experience throughout the business. We invest time to ensure those in the office are taken to site to learn about our projects first hand and visa versa for site based students.
We have provided a number of talks to students giving them a first hand opportunity to learn about our industry. Talk to us if you would like to discuss any support you would like for your students.
Britcon were responsible for the build of The Plantation, a 18 flat social housing development for Leeds City Council. Britcon provided a guided tour of our construction site to local secondary school students. During the visit the students were shown around the site and involved in talks and discussions with the site manager and regional manager.
This project also featured very heavily in the first semester of the Construction Management course at Leeds Beckett with the Domestic Construction Technology assessment element being based on the Plantation project. There were 150 students enrolled on this module.
“I would just like to say a big thank you to Britcon for the brilliant site visits you laid on for us. Speaking to the students, they were unanimous in saying how useful it was to them, how illuminating and informative. I’ve been teaching some of them today and already I can see a difference in their attitude and outlook.” John Bradley, Senior Lecturer School of Built Environment and Engineering Leeds Beckett University.
Career Conventions are a great way for school students to explore a chosen career area and further education plans by speaking directly with representatives from their chosen career path.
If you would like us to have a stand at your careers convention at your school/academy, please do get in touch.
We have a wide range of experience we would be happy to share.
Britcon has taken part in TeenTech over the past few years after being asked to get involved by Futureworks. TeenTech is an event day which opens students eyes to the possibilities of careers in science, engineering and technology at all levels.
Working with Futureworks who are an apprenticeship provider, students take part in the ‘Futureworks Challenge’. This includes 5 separate zones- The Maths Zone, The Engineering Zone, Science Zone, Technology Zone and finally the Construction zone. Each zone is manned by approximately two people from construction companies that are part of the framework. At each zone the young people are asked a series of questions, for each question correct they receive a large piece of jigsaw puzzle (4 pieces per zone-16 in total). Once all the pieces of jigsaw have been received they then have to put these together to in the construction zone, this forms a picture of a construction project when completed. The challenge is also conducted against the clock. Britcon has been involved in TeenTech in both Hull and Doncaster.
Britcon has taken part in TeenTech over the past few years.
TeenTech is an event day which opens students eyes to the possibilities of careers in science, engineering and technology at all levels.
Working together with Futureworks, students usually take part in the ‘Futureworks Challenge’ which is based around a ‘Crystal Maze’ type activity which includes various zones.
TeenTech was a great event for Britcon UK Ltd to be involved with. We are continually looking for ways to support the construction industry through inspiring the next generation and events such as TeenTech helps us achieve this goal.
In addition to TeenTech, Britcon's Operational team supported YORcivil activities at the 'The Big Bang', held at the NEC Birmingham, an event focused on encouraging children (of various ages) to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The YORcivil's challenge aimed to encourage interest in the construction industry, and consisted of a construction themed quiz, with a prize awarded to the highest scoring school.
Again, 'The Big Bang' was an opportunity for us to engage with potentially future contributors to the construction industry.
“On behalf of the Humber EBP and TeenTech I would like to say a big thank you for all your support on Wednesday. Your amazing activities and input with students on the day had a great effect on their understanding of your organisation and the roles and skills within. Feedback we have received so far has been fantastic with may schools already booking for next year!" Helen Wilson, General Manager- Humber EBP
We believe by working together with schools, academies and universities, everyone benefits. Please do get in touch with us should you wish to discuss working with Britcon as an apprentice or partner.
Email Gemma Lennon at email@example.com highlighting ‘Britcon Academy enquiry’ in the subject title.
We look forward to working together with you by building a future for all.