During the current Selwyn College student accommodation refurbishment, Morgan Sindall offered local job seeker Callum Falconer with an ideal opportunity to gain valuable on site experience.
During the refurbishment project in Cambridge, the Morgan Sindall team was eager to support the local community. Neil Nineham and Barbara Craddock were contacted at the local Jobcentre Plus (JCP) office, and worked closely with Morgan Sindall to identify potential job seekers who could have an informal chat with the team. As a result, the company was able to offer Callum Falconer, 20, with a work experience placement at the Selwyn College site, starting in January 2013. Callum had been actively looking for work since October last year, and although he had some previous experience of plastering, he was keen to expand his skills and gain an insight into how a larger construction site was managed.
Steve Thurgood, site manager, wanted to ensure that Callum experienced a range of activities, so allocated a number of mentors for the six week period. The wide array of tasks undertaken included racking back mastic joints, fixing timber to brick walls with mortar, and general housekeeping operations.
Morgan Sindall is continuously aspiring to support local employment, and believes that providing communities that are local to specific projects with practical help is a vital part of the work they do.
Following his experience placement Callum said, “I have really enjoyed my time on the site. It’s shown me many different ways of doing things and I’ve met many different people across various trades. Everybody has been very welcoming and my confidence has been boosted by being trusted to get on and be part of the team.”