The Royal Academy of Engineering with its London Engineering Project (LEP) and the Construction Knowledge Exchange held an employment fair for London-based construction and engineering firms at the Academy’s premises on Carlton House Terrace in April.

The aim of the event was to create a unique opportunity for invited Londoners who seek engineering and construction careers in London to meet carefully selected London employers in an exclusive environment.

It was about Londoners, from all walks of life, connecting with London employers; employers who want skilled people that reflect the diversity and creativity of our vibrant city. The other aspect of the event was to give support to the London Development Agency funded Headstart programme, which seeks to find undergraduate placements for ethnic minority students in the London area.

Some 15 employers attended including Transport For London, Tube Lines, ISG Plc, Bovis Lend Lease, Lakehouse Contractors, Buro Happold and Mott MacDonald, and there were about 150 engineering undergraduates from a broad spectrum of courses at universities such as London South Bank, Greenwich, and Westminster.

Further education colleges and schools in the London area also sent along students to the event, giving it a vital regional focus.

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Education Programmes at The Academy says,

“We have achieved exactly what we planned to and have had a very positive response from students and employers alike. I am pleased that we have been able to connect young Londoners and employers who are looking for skilled people just like them, and we’ve learnt how to make it an even better event next year.”

Says John Hampson, Business Development Manager for Construction Knowledge Exchange,

“With the growing number of skills requirements from London companies, and students seeking more information these events are really useful to make a connection between the two.”

Melissa Perry, Graduate Recruitment Manager from Mott MacDonald commented,

“I felt the fair was fantastic. I met students with firm ideas about where they actually want to go with their career. We will definitly be interviewing at least four people.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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