World of Work Experience wows North West students
World of Work Experience (WOWEX), ran by NWCH Framework partner, ISG, has given its latest cohort of pupils a taste of the construction industry.
Now in its second year, WOWEX aims to promote a positive outlook of the industry by providing groups of students with a week-long series of activities designed to highlight the full spectrum of career opportunities in the sector.
The group, which consisted of 11 students aged between 17 and 19 from Connell Sixth Form College, spent five days following the process of tendering for a project to final pitch, with a visit to a live construction site as part of the programme.
With none of the students initially considering construction as a viable career option, over 70% reported that a career in the industry was more appealing following completion of the WOWEX placement.
Vicky Hutchinson, ISG’s national frameworks social responsibility manager, said: “These sessions are incredibly important for the future of our industry.
We have run five sessions in the last two years, with the aim of ensuring college students can see construction for what it is, a sector of talented individuals from a range of disciplines coming together to deliver places that help people and businesses thrive.”
Anitaben Patel, business teacher at Connell Sixth Form College, said: “The students all spoke really highly of the programme, and thoroughly enjoyed their time there. You have helped students think more clearly about their future aspirations, which is great.”