Eighteen year 10 students from Duke’s Aldridge Academy in Tottenham spent a week of work experience at Lendlease and their supply chain partners.

Lendlease hosted five of the students at their London head office in Regent’s Place. The students were introduced to different aspects of the construction and property industries. They were in teams across the business including: Human Resources, ICT, Work Winning and Masterplanning and also on Haringey’s High Road West project.

The other thirteen students spent the week at an Architectural Practice, Community Liaison Consultancy, Landscape Architect and Transportation Engineer.

As part of the programme, some of the students visited the two flagship Lendlease projects: International Quarter London in Stratford and Elephant Park in Elephant and Castle. They enjoyed learning about the construction process, the importance of high quality design and the complexities involved in a large scale project before it begins. Students got an insight into the multitude of career opportunities available within the construction and property industries and realised that it’s not all about getting your hands dirty!

The students were selected by Diamond Education Service in conjunction with Duke’s Aldridge Academy, based on their interests and aspirations for the future.

Feedback from all of the students was very positive with most of them wishing to find out more about pursuing a career in construction or property.  Two of the students went as far as saying “we don’t want the work experience week to end!”.

David White, Assistant Development Manager for Lendlease, said: “I was really impressed with the students. They were interested, engaged and asked intelligent and insightful questions”. 
The students have been encouraged to keep in contact and all the companies involved would welcome them back for more work experience and career advice.

Lendlease Foundation funded the students’ travel and lunch expenses for the duration of the placements.