(L-R) Student electrician Connor Burrell, Kier's Terry Hanlon, Student Plasterer Liam Measor, Curriculm Leader Michael Brown and Technical Academy Centre Manager, Rob Hutchinson

Technical Academy Students Treated To Kier Talk

Wed, 2001-10-03 01:00

Construction stars of the future have received key career advice from senior personnel at leading repairs and maintenance provider, Kier. Over 150 East Durham College Technical Academy students attended the talk which saw Kier’s project skills and corporate responsibility manager, Terry Hanlon, share his personal vocational experiences and career development.

The presentation, which took place on 13 September, offered insight into future employment opportunities within the construction sector, and broadening existing skill sets to diversify from traditional linear career paths. Terry drew on his own experiences as an apprentice, (utilising opportunities offered at Kier to specialise in corporate responsibility within the construction sector), to present the students with a real-life example of how they can expand their career horizons.

Students were shown real-life examples of construction based corporate responsibility projects in the East Durham area including Kier’s renovation of Peterlee Methodist Church, where Kier is providing new floors and tiling in addition to donating a new kitchen. Terry also talked about  Kier’s project to clean up the River Tees for local Tees Wheely Boat Club which helps disabled people of all ages enjoy boating.

After the presentation, Terry said: “I hope the talk allowed the students to realise the potential scope for future employment within the construction industry, and to consider additional options available to extend their work experience.”

Technical Academy centre manager, Rob Hutchinson, supported the opportunity for students to meet Kier: “The presentation was developed to broaden students’ perspective and I feel Terry certainly achieved that. His talk presented an idea that can be applied to working within our region, nationally or even internationally and hopefully showed them there are no limits when striving for career excellence.”

The Technical Academy was established in September 2010 creating a professional, construction based working environment where students receive the latest training in trade areas dedicated to today’s industry needs.

Kier works across the East Durham area providing Decent Homes refurbishments to social housing managed by East Durham Homes. The Decent Homes programme aims to bring the conditions of social tenants across the region up to an agreed standard of living, meeting the criteria of being warm and weatherproof with reasonably modern facilities.