Students inspired by housing professionals

Students inspired by housing professionals

Bassetlaw District Council has been encouraging local students to think about potential career opportunities within the housing sector, property development and surveying.

Thanks to workshops hosted at The Bridge in Worksop, students from North Notts College have been given a flavour of the different roles that are available in delivering housing services to council tenants in the district.

The council, alongside its partners United Living, Ventro, and Make Consultants have been leading sessions with students studying for T level design, surveying, and planning for construction, looking at areas including fire safety, project management and building works.

Darren Ibell, Property and Development Manager at Bassetlaw District Council said: “This has been a great opportunity for students to gain a broad understanding of what the council can offer in terms of a career in property and development, and I’d like to thank our partners and the council’s property and development team for their support.

“We hope events like these inspire young people to think about possible areas of future study and employment to support our housing services in the future.”

Ventro were on hand to provide practical experience of installing fire prevention measures, United Living showcased how they maintain and repair council houses, while Make Consultants discussed the role of surveying and project management.

Mark Scott, Ventro Group Project Manager said: “I was taken aback by how engaging the North Notts College students were, they performed a practical firestopping exercise, showing a real thirst for knowledge and all had a genuine interest and ambition to work within the industry. I’m certainly looking forward to any further collaborations with Bassetlaw District Council.”

The event hopes to have given students an idea of what’s involved in working for the council’s housing team, with one day work placements being offered to learners with the possibility of securing future roles.

William Congreave, student at North Notts College said: “It’s been great, I’ve learnt a lot about the council’s housing services and how they do things in a lot of different sectors.

“There are so many opportunities, I thought it’d be mostly trades, planners and quantity surveyors but there are so many more areas in the construction industry than I thought there would be.”

Following the success of the workshops, it’s hoped similar events will be held in the future.

Karen Connole, Curriculum Manager at North Notts College said: “We are thrilled with the success of this event and the fruitful collaboration with Bassetlaw District Council.

“Such initiatives play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between education and industry, providing our students with real-world experiences and opening doors to promising career opportunities.”

Last Updated on Thursday, May 23, 2024