Construction careers promoted by Keepmoat at Thurrock event
Published by Kelly Elliott for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Young people in part of Essex have been finding out more about employment opportunities in the construction industry during a major careers and education event.
Staff from national housing and regeneration company Keepmoat were on hand to offer advice during Opportunity Thurrock - a borough wide event aimed at engaging with young people by showcasing the breadth of career opportunities available in the area, highlighting the skills needed by businesses and the routes into employment.
Keepmoat was one of more than 60 business taking part in the event at The National Skills Academy in Purfleet, with more than 2,500 people attending throughout the day.
Contract Manager Lee Anderson was among the four Keepmoat staff taking part in the event. He said: “We are currently one of three contractors working with Thurrock Council to improve its social housing stock and also have plans for future work so we were really keen to take part in Opportunity Thurrock.
“As a company we try to support the communities in which we work by providing work and training opportunities for local people and we saw the event as an opportunity to promote some of the community investment initiatives we are planning in the coming months, such as work experience and shadowing opportunities and a DIY and trades taster session.
“The young people attending the event were all really enthusiastic and we hope we were able to show them that working in construction is a really varied and rewarding career path to choose, as well as letting them know about the opportunities that we are providing locally to help them achieve their career aspirations.”
Keepmoat are currently working with Thurrock Council to deliver its ‘Transforming Homes’ Programme - a five year programme of works to improve its housing stock to beyond the Decent Homes standard.
The Opportunity Thurrock event was organised in partnership with local schools and colleges with a day session held for local pupils and an evening session for the general public.