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Undergraduates encouraged to consider construction careers

Members of the newly launched social enterprise STEER are urging undergraduates from Leeds Beckett University interested in a career in the built environment and engineering to join them for a presentation on construction careers.

Held on Wednesday 23 November, from 17.30pm – 20.00pm at the city campus, the event will provide advice on the transition from education into industry, and will explore the different career paths and graduate schemes on offer to those wanting to work in this exciting and diverse industry.

The evening will begin with an informative presentation, where attendees can hear about the options available to them and what to expect when they enter the workplace. They will then be invited to take part in a goal identifying and objective setting session, which will develop their own action plans.

There will then be the opportunity to network with industry professionals to ask questions on careers in the industry, the potential challenges and the future of the built environment.

More information on the event can be found at

STEER is a social enterprise which has been set up by four female built environment professionals with the aim of connecting the world of education to industry by guiding, mentoring and supporting undergraduates through the transition. 

Sharon Slinger a chartered quantity surveyor with Carillion plc is the chair of STEER who is supported by Joanna Robinson, managing director of Mansfield Pollard; Kayley Lockhead, a mechanical design engineer with NG Bailey and Josie Rothera, a chartered civil engineer working in academia. STEER includes 13 industry professional mentors as part of its delivery team.

Joanna Robinson, managing director at Mansfield Pollard said: “I believe, along with the other members of the STEER team, that we have a responsibility to educate and inspire students and motivate them to explore the varied and exciting career opportunities within the built environment and engineering. We are committed to connect the world of education to industry by guiding, mentoring and supporting university undergraduates with the transition.

'So far we have 13 industry experts who have joined us as mentors, and we hope that more will come on board to ensure we can offer the programme to as many students as possible.'

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21 November 2016


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