"Before starting my work experience at Jacobs, I did not have an understanding of the roles within engineering; the programme has helped me by having these roles explained." Jasmin Pritt, above centre
23 September 2015
In the UK, Jacobs works on projects across sectors such as power, nuclear, oil and gas, refining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, defence, building, as well as major infrastructure projects in water, rail, aviation, and roads. With over 9,000 people across the UK, the Company has more than 830 Graduates, Technicians and Apprentices currently training in the UK.
Jacobs’ Workplace Experience programme was accredited by Industrial Cadets in February this year. The award structure is based on skills and competencies acquired with minimum required hours set for graduation at each level. The Jacobs Programme is divided into half days with some of the skills activities delivered by Jacobs’ recent graduates and apprentices. Students handle a range of activities across disciplines such as mechanical, civil and process engineering, and they accumulate a file of evidence. They are certificated for a Silver Award if they demonstrate a positive attitude throughout the necessary 30 hours of workplace experience.
In June, Jacobs hosted a delegation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers at one of its nuclear centres of excellence on Westlakes Science & Technology Park in West Cumbria. This coincided with the completion of a further week’s work placement where another five local students received their Industrial Cadet Silver Awards
Jasmin Pritt, student at Keswick School, explained, “Before starting my work experience at Jacobs, I did not have an understanding of the roles within engineering; the programme has helped me by having these roles explained. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the work experience was delivered by Jacobs’ recent graduates and apprentices; they put things over in a way that we could all understand. I enjoyed doing the different exercises and learned some new skills such as presenting, producing drawings and planning.
“The whole experience has convinced me that I would like a future career in engineering when I leave school - project controls really interested me. I am grateful to Jacobs for the work placement opportunity, as I didn’t know that a role like project controls existed, and it has made me even more determined to get the grades I need at school.”
Subsequent to her week’s work experience, Jasmin has now secured a further week’s work experience scheduled for her summer holidays once again with Jacobs.
Jasmin concluded, “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on my previous week’s work experience and have the opportunity to work within the project controls department to see what they do on a day to day basis.”
Jacobs are pleased to announce that two Cadets from the first cohort through the work experience programme in West Cumbria have now secured apprenticeship places with the Company. Kelsey Ray and Chloe Pascoe will be joining Jacobs in September 2015 as a Mechanical and a Project Control Apprentice respectively.
Kelsey Ray explained, “At school we were given no advice on possible careers within engineering and I was fortunate enough to take part in the Jacobs work experience programme. This started my interest in a possible career in engineering and I asked for a further week’s work experience this time working within one of the engineering departments. From there I applied for an Engineering Apprenticeship with Jacobs and was fortunate enough to get one.”
Chloe Pascoe added, “I applied for the Dream Placement scheme where I had to submit an application form online. From this I was then selected to attend an interview day where I was fortunate enough to get a week’s work experience at Jacobs. During the week I participated in the Jacobs work experience programme. Since I was there on a Dream Placement, I was also invited to attend various senior management meetings which were really helpful in getting a better feel for the business. The Dream Placement week culminated in me having to present my experience back to the companies who were taking part in the Dream Placement scheme. I too came back to Jacobs for an additional week’s work experience focusing on project controls, which convinced me that I would like to pursue this area as a career. I then applied to Jacobs for an apprenticeship in Project Controls and was fortunate enough to be offered a place.”
Since the first cohort, Jacobs’ Westlakes office has now taken over 30 local school pupils through their work experience programme and the gender demographic is approximately a 50-50 split.