first_img Comments are closed. Costain Group targets schools to fill skills gapOn 15 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article CostainGroup is marketing jobs in construction to schoolchildren to help fill skillsshortages.Theconstruction firm is committing at least £30,000 over two years to ninesecondary schools to attract children to the firm.HRmanager for recruitment and retention at Costain Group Jeremy Galpin hopes themarketing drive will help the company fill 400 qualified positions and 160graduate vacancies that will arise in the next four years.Costainplans to allow students to work for the company during their university gapyear, and will sponsor up to 50 undergraduates on related courses, at a cost of£2,000 a year.Studentswill work on projects including the Hungerford Bridge, M62 and the ChannelTunnel Rail Link.Chronicskills shortages are threatening to cripple one of the UK’s largest industries,which is worth £56bn a year.Galpinsaid the scheme will help the company fill skills shortages in engineering,construction management and quantity surveying.”Thisscheme is central to the company’s long-term recruitment strategy and thegrowth of the company,” he said.”Thenumber of graduates entering the industry over the past four years has droppedalarmingly. With the industry changing, we need staff in HR and businessdevelopment as well as traditional construction skills.”Galpinsaid the initiatives – including work experience, shadowing and mentoring –will help the company double its turnover to £1bn in four years. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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