Kier is excited to announce a new partnership with Weston College which aims to show how the construction industry is open to all, with a wide range of routes to entry and fascinating roles available. 

Working with the college, Kier will be engaging with its students, providing careers talks, attending careers events and will also be offering students the opportunity to visit sites. 

To celebrate the start of this partnership, Kier sponsored the College’s recent Women in Construction event which invited women with an interest in pursuing a career in the construction industry to have an opportunity to test their skills in: 

  • Driving plant equipment
  • Working with plant equipment

The event on 16 July started with an employer business breakfast at Weston College’s Construction Training Centre in Weston-super-Mare. This was an opportunity for attendees to network with employers, ground works and civil engineering contractors, and the local council. 

There was also the chance to find out more about the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and other funding streams to help continue to train and upskill existing workforces for the future.  

The event also included a session designed for women who are involved in the construction, plant or groundwork industries - who play a fundamental role - but who may not necessarily get the opportunity to experience manoeuvring plant themselves. 

Women looking to find out if construction is the path for them were given the opportunity to try various construction related activities, including manoeuvring a lorry and trying their hand at operating a 360-degree excavator. 

Jason Taylor, Kier Construction Western & Wales regional director, said: “We are proud to be joining forces with Weston College and to be pledging our support to developing talent in the local community by providing experience and training opportunities. 

“At Kier, we passionately believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work and we hope through events like this with Weston College, the next generation of talent can see there are skills and opportunities for all.” 

Louise Greene, Business Growth and Employer Partnership Manager at Weston College, said: “We are so excited to open our doors to women looking into working in construction – it’s so important to ensure diversity in every field. 

“Weston College will be able to support women into local roles in construction via the ‘Constructing Lives Together Project’ and through apprenticeship opportunities. 

“We aim to support the women signing up through apprenticeships, short courses, and health and safety qualifications to develop their skills and have a successful career on site and in professional construction roles.” 

Kier Construction Western & Wales is currently working with North Somerset Council to deliver a £30.5m school building for Winterstoke Hundred Academy near Weston-super-Mare. 

Kier is dedicated to supporting social value and within each region there are dedicated social value coordinators who will support and commit to the delivery of social value. This is to ensure Kier has a positive impact and provide opportunities and outcomes which will benefit the local community.  

Within the communities surrounding the Winterstoke site, Kier have already created over 30 work placements, provided 20 career and guidance events, created over 30 job opportunities, provided and supported over 355 apprentice, trainee and graduate weeks on site. 

 

Find out more about careers at Kier on our dedicated careers page