Countryside hosts virtual Career Taster CPD Day and unveils its online work experience programme: Destiny

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Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure housing developer, hosted a special Career Taster CPD virtual event last week with representatives from schools, colleges and career organisations across Brent, Havering, Lambeth, Kingston, Waltham Forest, Ebbsfleet, Enfield and Barking & Dagenham to break some of the common misconceptions that educational facilities have when it comes to housebuilding and career opportunities.

The CPD day, which took place as a virtual webinar, focused on how to effectively connect curriculum to careers and educated attendees on the diverse opportunities that are available in the housebuilding sector, alongside the range of career paths that students can pursue at Countryside. The day included a mix of sessions, designed to support career guidance within schools and colleges, and included Q&A panels with senior staff, talks with current trainees and presentations from Countryside on the Early Careers programme.

One of the key highlights of the day was the unveiling of ‘Destiny’ – Countryside’s virtual, and fully funded, student work experience offering, which will be available this autumn for GSCE, A-Level and College students. Destiny will offer students the chance to take part in virtual work experience, spread over ten hours, which they can complete flexibly in their own time. This exciting and varied programme will introduce students to a wide range of careers within housebuilding, including construction, quantity surveying, technical, development, land and new business, sales, marketing, and customer service.

Furthermore, through Destiny, students will have the opportunity to learn about key aspects of Countryside, including learning about the business’s modern methods of construction, how to engage with local communities, and the business’ approach to sustainability. Students will also get the option to complete projects and put themselves forward for further work experience with Countryside. All students will also get the opportunity to learn about applying for the Countryside Early Careers Programmes.

Destiny will officially launch in October 2022 and will initially be available in Brent, Havering, Lambeth, Kingston, Waltham Forest, Ebbsfleet, Enfield and Barking & Dagenham.

Sian Myers, Chief People & Culture Officer at Countryside, comments: ‘At Countryside, we believe in creating places people love and a core part of this is engaging with the communities in which we work. As such, we are delighted to be working with representatives from schools, colleges and career organisations across the London boroughs in which we work, to break some of the common misconceptions that educational facilities have when it comes to housebuilding and career opportunities.

We are also extremely proud to be launching our virtual, and fully funded, student work experience offering ‘Destiny’ in the coming months, which will provide local students with the unique opportunity to learn about key aspects of Countryside – including everything from our approach to sustainability through to our modern methods of constructions and how we engage with local communities’

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