Three students benefitted from ENGIE’s social value plan for Watford Community
Housing by taking part in a work experience programme.
As part of our contracts in Watford, ENGIE delivers a menu of community impact activities to improve outcomes for local people. Our bespoke Social Value Plan focuses on improving economic stability, with an emphasis on offering and supporting access to a range of training and employment opportunities for local people.
We do this through giving advice on career paths into the construction industry, including raising awareness of the diverse roles within the sector, providing support and guidance on CV-writing and interview skills, delivering free training courses and by offering opportunities for work placements and apprenticeship schemes.
In September 2018, Mark and ENGIE’s Administration Apprentice, Kelsey Fox, arranged for three students to take part in a six week work experience placement at our site in Watford after meeting with
Senior Site Manager Anthony Kelly.
Monica Callan, 20, Lydia Selley, 18, and Jake Anwar, 17, are all in their second year of studying towards their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at the local college and were keen to get some hands-on experience in the construction industry.
Work placements commenced on 25th September 2018, with the students attending ENGIE for a full day every Tuesday for six weeks. During their placements, the students were able to get a real insight into different aspects of construction as they alternated between spending their time with three site managers and ENGIE’s Resident Liaison Officer (RLO), Patricia Sheering.
Jake reported on how beneficial the work placement had been: “I’ve tried so many things already, from general office tasks to working with Paul Edward, the Site Manager, and spending time with the roofers and scaffolders. I’m looking forward to going out with the RLO next week and seeing that side of things.”, he said.
Lydia also told us why she was so excited when her course tutor told her about the opportunity with ENGIE: “The course we’re studying at college is great but it’s a lot of theory. I jumped at the chance to have a change of scenery and to see things from a practical aspect. It’s really helping to make the course content come to life.”