students at the workshop
Kimberley delivering a workshop at Northwood School in Ruislip

VGC’s schools engagement programme promotes the career opportunities within the construction industry, and helps to equip young people with the skills they need for the world of work.

The programme adheres to four of the eight Gatsby benchmarks – a framework of guidelines for careers provision in schools and colleges.

Our skills and employment adviser, Kimberley McGinty, runs workshops in schools, as well as attending careers fairs, parents’ events, speed networking and supporting programmes for young people not in education or employment (NEET).

VGC’s women in construction programme encourages girls to see beyond the stereotypes and recognise the wide range of opportunities for women in our industry. “I sometimes spend a fair amount of time persuading their parents about the variety of options available,” said Kimberley. “They may need convincing that you most certainly can be a successful woman in construction – look at me!”

Kimberley became a trained Team London enterprise adviser in December 2017. The role is to support schools who want to develop careers training for their students, and complements the work VGC does with local schools. In September 2018 Kimberley was unanimously selected as one of only two advisers invited to represent London on the nationwide Enterprise Adviser Advisory Group.

As well as schools visits, we offer work experience for school children, and summer placements for university students. Between January and September 2018, we supported 2, 061 students in 29 schools across six London boroughs.

See the links on the right to read more about our work to support people to join our industry, including apprenticeships, internships and our graduate programme.

Read Kim’s blog about giving young people an insight into the construction industry.

If you are interested in finding out more about our careers support, please contact Kimberley.

One of the presenters at the EPIC presentation
After Kim delivered an employers’ sector talk as part of the Mayor’s Fund for London EPIC, Serious About Youth (SAY) invited her to two ‘Dragons’ Den’ exercises to support and encourage young people not in education or training.