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First experience of construction industry for young people

Tideway recently welcomed ten bright and motivated 16 – 18-year-olds to complete their first ever work experience in the construction industry, kicking off a brand-new programme of opportunities that the project will be giving to young people in local communities. 


The group were selected from Urban Synergy, a charity based in Lewisham who help inspire and mentor young people and get them ready for the world of work.


The young people joined Tideway virtually to participate in presentations from Project Controls, Project Management and Corporate Responsibility, and also experienced what a real-life construction site looks like, with five students visiting King Edward Memorial Park in Wapping and five students visiting Kirtling Street in Battersea.

Harriet Cheaney, Construction Engineer at King Edward Memorial Park and Abbey Mills Pumping Station said: “It's been a fantastic week, having the group visit Tideway virtually as well as on site - they've been eager to learn and participate which has been very inspiring to be part of!”


The work experience group added: “The week has allowed us to understand and appreciate the different pathways into engineering and the construction industry and has made us realise that engineering is not just about the hands-on approach on site - there are a lot of things that go on in the background such as planning, environmental considerations and media relations etc.”