Industry Insights work shadowing – a T Level Development Lead's experience

The ETF’s Industry Insights programme, part of the T Level Professional Development offer, is designed to support the staff involved with the delivery and shaping of T Levels. It provides staff with the opportunity to develop their skills and increase their knowledge by undertaking placements or an activity within the industry. In this blog, Jemima Thompson, one of the ETF’s Employer Engagement Coordinators, tells us more about the programme, highlighting a recent positive work shadowing experience with South Essex College and Morgan Sindall Construction.

We are supporting the Construction, Health and Science, Digital, and Education & Childcare T levels at the moment. Over the next few years, T Levels will increase to 24 courses, to cover 11 skill areas.

There are several ways that staff can get involved:

  • Work shadowing and work placements (min. 1 day to max. 5 days to upskill)
  • Virtual placements
  • Industry Mentoring 
  • Group industry collaboration
  • Industry workshops (virtual).

We are delighted to be working with South Essex College, with the support of Morgan Sindall, as they gain current industry knowledge and observe practice about the Onsite Construction T Level.

Simon Parker, Specialist Skills Instructor & T Level Development Lead at South Essex, applied to Industry Insights in February of this year. Securing an employer had been difficult, given the current climate, that is until we engaged with Helen Clements, Social Value Manager at Morgan Sindall. 

Helen has been fantastic and key in organising Simon’s placement. Reaching out to the relevant contacts, Helen, with the aid of the Morgan Sindall team and ECO Modular Buildings, an Offsite Modular Construction Company, put together two placements for Simon to help achieve his outcomes:

  1. See how companies are currently ensuring they are environmentally sustainable in an industry that has traditionally created unnecessary waste.
  2. See how they are both disposing and reusing materials.
  3. See how timber products are used in an era of increased sustainability, where they are sourced and what alternatives are available.
  4. Know how the role of a carpenter fits into an industry that is becoming more modular in its approach to new builds.

Simon speaks of his experience:

“My recent onsite visit to a Morgan Sindall project was an invaluable experience; it gave me a real insight into modern building techniques using ECO Modular Buildings to create new classrooms at a local school. It truly demonstrates the importance of industry involvement into the development and training of new T Level learners. This kind of collaboration can have a directly positive impact on the way parts of the course are taught and ensures relevant and up-to-date skills are shared and learners are prepared for the world of work. I thank Morgan Sindall, ECO Modular Buildings and the ETF and look forward to future involvement. I would also actively encourage other companies to find out how they can get involved and realise the benefits to their future workforce”

Helen commented:

“At Morgan Sindall Construction we’ve been working alongside Simon Parker, a tutor at South Essex College, on the Onsite Construction T Level for aspiring construction professionals. This is a really valuable project that we’re proud to be involved with, as Simon’s course will have a significant impact on the area’s construction sector. It’s T Levels such as this that are vital to delivering the high-quality skills we at Morgan Sindall Construction, as well as the wider industry, need in order to create the buildings of tomorrow across Southend and Essex.

“Our teams, alongside the subcontractor Eco Modular Buildings, really enjoyed showcasing key aspects of today’s built environment, such as modern methods of construction as well as the practical and technical skills that students will need when entering the industry. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in the East of England with the ETF on this important initiative.”

We are excited and grateful to be working in partnership with Morgan Sindall and Eco Modular Buildings and look forward to hosting future placements.

To find out more and get involved in The ETF’s Industry Insights programme please contact Jemima Anna Thompson: jemima.thompson@etfoundation.co.uk

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