Stepnell helps Leicester’s future construction workforce build careers

Stepnell joined forces with Leicester College to invite learners behind the scenes at a major city construction project.

Forty students aged 16 and over studying for trade-based vocational and BTEC construction qualifications at the College took part in supervised tours of a £6 million office development at Grove Park, Enderby. Stepnell is working with Brackley Property Developments to create the steel-framed, three-storey building for My Home Move, the UK’s leading provider of mover conveyancing services.

Focusing on brickwork and roofing, the visits were part of the College’s Employability Week, giving the learners a valuable insight into a ‘live’ construction site and enabling them to talk to a range of construction professionals based at the scheme. During the Employability Week, best practice manager Karen Ryan and four of the company’s trainees also gave presentations at the College, talking about their own experiences of working in construction and advising learners on the best routes into the industry and the opportunities available.

Paul Hirscher, director of construction at Leicester College, commented “Working with local businesses is crucial for the development of our construction learners. Stepnell has provided valuable opportunities for a number of years and learners appreciate the benefits work placements bring. This type of scheme helps learners get their foot onto the career ladder and to have opportunities with such a forward-thinking organisation is a bonus.”

Through its ongoing partnership with the College, Stepnell will this year also provide 34 work placements for College students on the My Home Move building, giving them the chance to gain industry experience under close supervision by qualified professionals.

“As a family-owned business, we take our responsibility to investing in our future workforce and addressing the current skills gap very seriously,” says Karen Ryan. “We’re committed to working with current learners, helping them develop their skills and raising awareness about the opportunities that construction offers for a well-paid, technically challenging and rewarding career.” Last year, Stepnell provided 40 work placements for Leicester College construction learners.