Learning in Lockdown Virtual Work Experience


This week, we launched our Learning in Lockdown digital work experience programme.

When we launched Learning in Lockdown, our virtual work experience programme for students interested in design, engineering and construction last week, we had no idea that it would attract so much interest and enthusiasm from schools, teachers and students alike.

Giving students a first-class experience is our top priority, and a fantastic 300 schools and several thousands of students joined us live this morning, as we kicked off the week's activities. These students are being supported by over 300 industry experts from our delivery partners, their supply chain organisations and industry colleagues, who will be on-hand to answer any questions the children have when completing the challenge.

A little bit more about the programme

Based around the Esteem Pavilion challenge, students are being asked to research, design and submit a proposal for a building - In Dubai. Located in a desert environment, they will have to learn about and carefully consider different material, techniques and applications to make their building a success. At the end of the week, they will submit a proposal for moderation. Those whose submissions pass the high standards of moderation will earn an Industrial Cadets Silver award and accreditation for their CV.

Our focus now is to make sure we give these teenagers a week to remember, full of technical knowledge, practical application and 1:1 support as they complete the course.

Chris Clarke
Performance and improvement director

Looking to the future

One thing is clear to us – there is continuing huge demand for high-quality, virtual work experience programmes that will inspire and engage young people, and it is our intention to explore ways in which we can help even more students access initiatives like this in the future.

If you are a school, teacher or education professional, please register your interest by completing this very short survey, and we will keep you updated about any future opportunities.

We are still warmly welcoming support and donations from organisations and individuals, and one donation of £30 is enough to sponsor one child through the entire programme. Click here to get involved

If you are an individual, organisation or body within construction, design and engineering who would like to help support and get involved in future programmes by donating your time or expertise, please get in touch with us.

Finally, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the schools, teachers and students who are joining us this week - We're thrilled to have you on board.

As well as to our project partners Class of Your Own, EDT, Industrial Cadets and Learn Live and the project team who’ve helped coordinate this initiative, and to everyone who has helped us share the message. Together, we’re playing our part in helping thousands of young people unlock their potential – and some of them might be in our future workforce!

Written by:

Chris Clarke

Performance and Improvement Director
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