Career Skills Ambassadors


Background

As a leading joint venture contractor it is important that we do everything possible to support career skills development and help promote engineering in the community.

Solution

A-one+ established an ambassador group bringing together registered science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassadors.

The primary aim of the group is to support employees to work with schools and colleges raising awareness of STEM subjects and career opportunities in the construction industry.

Other objectives include; mentoring university graduates, recruiting apprentices, offering work experience opportunities, expanded partnership working with schools, developing and supporting training events and working towards Considerate Constructor code of good practice.

The group provides the structure and culture for ambassadors to develop personal skills such as; communication, presentation, organisational and people. Our leadership development programme has identified 44% of the ambassador group within the top 10-15 per cent of potential future leaders.

Successes so far include:

  • Ambassadors mentoring new apprentices
  • Live scheme visit for Leeds University/ICE Student Mentor Programme, first year Civil engineering students
  • Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation chairman David Pownall visited A-one+ for a demonstration of the ambassador group work and a tour of two site schemes
  • Supporting WISE events providing role models for a career in STEM industries and running bridge building sessions.
  • Assisting with discovery days as part of British Science Week offering tallest tower building completion to groups of school students
  • Award winning photograph ‘Ladies at Lunch’ taken by Sarah Gregory. Sarah was inspired to do something to celebrate women in engineering after a lunch meeting with Highways England, regional director, Vanessa Gilbert. The photo has since been recognised in several industry photograph competitions.

In addition to school visits and partnering organised events the ambassador group decided that another to raise awareness of career opportunities would be to offer employees the opportunity to bring their child to work for a day. A full day of activity provided 18 children an insight into what parents’ do, an introduction to the company and what we do, demonstration of equipment, machinery and traffic management and a bridge building activity. The day ended with each child being presented with a personal certificate.

Our biggest achievement is that we started with just four group members and within just one year that number increased to 16 boosting the personal development of more employees as well as extending the reach of the group.