Resources for Schools

Virtual Work Experience/Insight Half Day Events

As part of our activity to help support schools in promoting careers in construction and the built environment, and as they have been unable to offer work experience in person, we have teamed up with a number of our construction partners to deliver a programme of virtual activities featuring different projects in the Greater Exeter area.

The closing date to apply for these activities is 21 June 2021 and priority will be given to schools in the Greater Exeter area.

On offer are:
6 July – Willmott Dixon offering an overview of careers in construction.
8 July – BAM Construction discussing The Nightingale Hospital.
12 July – Morgan Sindall discussing Exeter Science Park.
13 July – Kier discussing St Sidwell’s Point, Exeter.
15 July – Midas discussing the Ada Lovelace Building at Exeter Science Park.

For further information and links to enrol please choose a button below:

6 July - Willmott Dixon8 July - BAM Construction12 July - Morgan Sindall13 July - Kier15 July - Midas

Construction Training Directory

This valuable resource has been created to enable school leavers to access all the current training opportunities in construction and the built environment. It can be viewed online or as interactive PDFs, which have been designed to meet the needs of dyslexic readers

Whether they are considering entry level apprenticeship/traineeships and/or T-level courses OR degree apprenticeships, the Directory lists all the courses available in the Greater Exeter area.

The aim is to make it as easy as possible to connect school leavers directly to training providers and give them comprehensive information that will assist them with their future career path decisions.

With over 180 roles in Construction, there has never been a better time to consider a career in the sector and the Directory includes a diverse range of courses in: Design; Civil Engineering; Electrical; Bricklaying; Site Supervisor; Surveying; Carpentry, plus many more.

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Construction ‘Education Hub’ 

The Education Hub offers a wide selection of engaging activities and educational resources for different age groups. The Hub includes videos, quizzes, case studies, activities and career explorers, from Go Construct, The BBC and our construction partners.

There is a dedicated section for ‘Parents and Teachers’ to help make it easier to promote construction as a career of choice.

Opportunities for Schools

Building Greater Exeter have compiled a range of opportunities with our project partners to offer pupils, teachers and parents/carers a variety of ways to find out more about careers in construction and the built environment, along with further education and training options.

For further information please download the PDF: BGEX Opportunities for schools

If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved, please contact us.

Virtual Talks/Insight Days/Activities

If you would like to promote careers in construction and the built environment to your students we have a number of companies who will be happy to provide virtual talks/actives/presentations.

For example Morgan Sindall currently have a number of projects in the Greater Exeter area including Exeter Science Park, RD&E and Exeter University and SDS Engineering have a prepared talk for schools.

The majority of the companies we work with have resources and information available that they would be happy to provide in a virtual format.

Careers in Construction – ‘St Sidwell’s Point’ Leisure Centre

‘St Sidwell’s Point’ is Exeter’s new state of the art leisure centre and will be the most energy efficient in the UK.

Opening in the Summer of 2021 it includes three pools, a gym and two fitness studios, health suite and spa facility, children’s soft play area and a café.

We have created an education pack and videos to provide further information on the facilities, careers in construction and why this building is so special.

Careers in Construction – ‘St Sidwell’s Point’ Leisure Centre

The Nightingale Hospital in Exeter was built in just 57 days, to accommodate patients with COVID-19 during the global pandemic and is now being used as a diagnostic centre and support facility for the RD&E.

This short film has been created to showcase the variety of careers in the Nightingale Hospital’s construction and how different roles have been used to build a prominent structure in the local area.

The quick time to complete the build was possible due to the teamwork of all those involved and this short film includes three of the key companies involved in the design and build, BAM, SDS and TClarke.

Careers in Construction – Nightingale Hospital

Careers in Construction – Carl Rimmer
From Rugby Player to Building Surveyor

Carl Rimmer played for the Exeter Chiefs until 2017 when he decided to retire from professional Rugby and pursue a career in construction and the built environment. He studied for a degree and now works as a full time Building Surveyor in Exeter.

Carl kindly worked with us to create a set of three videos giving an insight into his experience both as a rugby player and a Building Surveyor. He highlights the skills and knowledge that is needed to transfer from one career to another as well as encouraging young people to chase their dreams and to never give up.

Follow this link to view the three videos.

Careers in Construction – Carl Rimmer

Videos of Apprentices

Check out our YouTube Apprenticeship playlist with different construction apprentices talking about their own experiences.

Careers in STEMM and Construction

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering maths and medicine (STEMM).

Building Greater Exeter created assets to help promote STEMM careers, including short films, fact sheets and a quiz, which are all available to view and download and can be used on any day of the year!

STEMM Career resources for schools