02 August 2018
For Sayyid Alam, a two-week placement on one of ISG’s school projects in Manchester, UK, turned into more than just practical experience to put on his CV.
The recent graduate from Salford University found that, after finishing his construction project management course, he didn't have the qualifications needed to work on-site.
After unsuccessfully applying for a construction administration role with another contractor, Sayyid discovered a sector-based work academy run by Minstrell, in partnership with ISG.
The three-week placement saw Sayyid gain a health and safety level 1 qualification, CSCS test and subsequent card, and also receive interview skills training while visiting live sites.
After meeting UK Construction Northwest project skills coordinator, Larene Linley, and social value coordinator, Lucy Barton, Sayyid was encouraged to apply for a further two-week work placement on ISG’s Plymouth Grove Primary School project.
Supported and mentored by ISG senior project manager, Mick Wilks, and senior site manager, Ben Jackson, Sayyid's work and determination saw him offered a place on the team as a trainee site manager.
"People often dismiss work experience, but for me it was the break I needed to start my career,” said Sayyid.
“I now have all the tools I need to excel in my career with ISG and look forward to working with the team to deliver this site and many more in the future.
“It's a massive step in getting to where I want to be with my career”.
Larene Linley, said: "All Sayyid needed was a helping hand – he is an incredibly capable person, but lacked the qualifications to get his foot on the ladder.
“It’s a pleasure to have been able to play a part in his success, and it just goes to show how important work experience is in helping young people join our business and the wider industry."
Plymouth Grove Primary School is one of nine being delivered by ISG through the North West Construction Hub for Manchester City Council.