Darrel goes behind the scenes at ISG

During a challenging time for us all, we want to keep delivering some positive news from across the sector, and in this instance we are highlighting how Hub Framework Partner, ISG, is introducing young people into our industry, changing the conversation about construction and providing opportunities to learn and grow. 

Darrel is one such person. With a passion for learning and an interest in the built environment, the 16-year-old recently started out on his construction journey with a week visiting some of our projects in Manchester.

Across the next year, Darrel will join ISG three times to learn about some of the key stages in the delivery a project – the tender, pre-construction works and the build.

The Salford native took time out from studying a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Salford College to visit the site of their refurbishment of Manchester City Council’s workspace at Alexandra House. He also sat down with various teams in their UK’s North West office at MediaCity UK – including estimating, bid writing, quantity surveying and health and safety – gaining an insight into how we all work together to provide places that help people and businesses thrive.

He took a walk around the office refurbishment in the heart of Moss Side and saw first-hand how they have worked with us in the Hub and how they have built up an important relationship with Manchester City Council.

Later this year Darrel will return to ISG to learn about the pre-construction process on the new project at Manchester Cycling Centre and see how contractors engage with the supply chain in the early stages. Then, once the project is live, he’ll return to see how it’s all hands-on deck to deliver a state-of-the-art facility for our country’s sporting heroes.

Darrel said: “I’ve loved getting to know a bit more about construction, and most enjoyed the project management side. It’s been great to see what actually happens on sites and I’m really looking forward to coming back later in the year to see even more.”

Project manager at ISG, Mick Wilks, supervised Darrel’s week and said: “It’s great to see someone so engaged and interested in their future, and it’s been a pleasure welcoming Darrel to our sites and offices.

“It’s so important that we give local people these opportunities as it helps us continue our commitment to ensure we’re developing a pipeline of bright, capable and driven people to support our vision.”

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