Careers to Aspire to

Students across Slough were given the chance to learn more about careers in construction as Osborne teamed up with their partners at Slough Borough Council to host a stand at the Slough Aspire Careers Event in February.

The two day fair, organised by Learning to Work, saw over 1500 young people attend to learn more about a wide range of career opportunities and routes into work, whilst the event was also open to the public.

Our Community Investment Team, supported by Training and Development Coordinator Serena Phillips, and some of the apprentices and work experience students, hosted an interactive stand aimed at encouraging people to ‘have a go’ whilst learning about construction.

Activities included building a structure out of just spaghetti and marshmallows, and a plumbing challenge with prizes for those who succeeded.

Alongside other organisations such as O2, Barclays and KPMG, Osborne’s Community Investment Manager, Neal Allison, also joined a Q&A panel, where students were able to ask questions about the world of work, the panels’ experiences and career paths.

In December, Osborne Communities began a contract with the Council for planned works and repairs to over 7,000 homes across Slough, central to which is a social value commitment including education, employment and skills.

Kasmine Moses, Community Investment Co-ordinator at Osborne Communities, said: “It is important that we build strong relationships with schools and inform young people of the countless career opportunities which are available.

“Events like these enable us to engage with young people and explain the many career paths and opportunities within our industry from skilled operatives to marketing, finance and IT.”

Linda Moody, Project Executive at Learning to Work, said: “A big thank you for all your time and energy at the Slough Aspire Careers Event.

“It is only with your enthusiasm that we can make these young people think about their futures and ultimately their choices.”

John Griffiths, Head of Neighbourhood Services at Slough Borough Council, said: “Our partnership with Osborne is committed to providing local people with education, employment and skills opportunities and it is important we communicate the huge range of opportunities available.”