LHC are pleased to introduce Construction Youth Trust, who are a charity whose aim is to inspire and enable young people to overcome barriers and discover a career in the construction and built environment sector.
We will be following some of their students journeys over the coming month and bringing the stories to you across our digital platforms.
Muaaz joined Construction Youth Trust's Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme after attending an apprenticeship masterclass session delivered by the Trust in partnership with ISG.
He had always been interested in a career in construction and the built environment, possibly as a civil engineer, however didn't know the best way to pursue his goal as he recognised that the traditional university route wasn't for him.
Whilst on the Trust's Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme, Muaaz's ambition to become an apprentice was strengthened. Through networking events, he was able to meet likeminded students, young apprentices and potential employers, which he says helped him get a sense of how the application process worked and better prepared him for the recruitment process.
The most helpful aspect of the programme for Muaaz was the opportunity to attend mock assessment centres. Being able to practice his teamwork, presentation and interview skills within a simulated environment, helped Muaaz to feel much more prepared for the real thing. When he came to applying to actual apprenticeships, Muaaz felt calm, collected and prepared.
"What was great about the mock assessment centres was that the industry-leading employers hosted the sessions, so they were able to offer great advice on how to improve and do better next time. Having such detailed feedback meant that I would not make the same mistake twice!"
Following a successful online application, supported by Trust staff, Muaaz was invited to attend BAM Nuttall's assessment centre. The fact that he had met the team previously at one of the Trust's mock assessment centres gave him an edge over the other candidates. Armed with the knowledge that he had already made a good impression at the event, and the constructive feedback and advice he had received, he had the confidence to present himself well across all the tasks he was faced with.
Muaaz is currently preparing for his A-level exams, having successfully been offered a Level 4 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship with BAM Nuttall!
"If it wasn't for the Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme, then I feel like the journey of successfully finding the right apprenticeship would have had a lot more uncertainty. From the day to day support to the mock assessment centres, I was given assistance and feedback every step of the way."