Exciting Times For Leighton's Future Talent

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By Nicola Todd

Leighton are always looking to bring in new individuals and are currently on the look out for future talent to join the team. Bringing skilled and passionate employees to Leighton is about engagement, interaction and supporting our local educational institutions.

One particular goal we have is to engage with our local educational and training institutions to support graduates and apprentices in the workplace. In order to achieve this we have attended a number of local education careers events, offering guidance and advice, and supporting students in achieving their aspirations.

Apprenticeship Campaign

Apprenticeship schemes is something which Leighton strongly supports. Throughout 2015 we will be engaging with a number of training organisations to support our apprenticeship programme and to ensure we gain a reputation as a provider of quality apprenticeship placements.

Last year, we took on our first ever apprentice. Eighteen year old Laura Mitchell-Hall joined us as a Social Media & Digital Marketing Apprentice. She has now successfully completed her apprenticeship and this week has taken up a full time position with us as a Digital Marketing Executive.

When asked what the apprenticeship had offered her, she said: “My apprenticeship has enabled me to gain qualifications while also gaining valuable work experience. Leighton have constantly supported me over the past year. They have allowed me the time I needed to receive my training and also provided me with plenty of tasks and responsibilities, I’ve always been treat as any other Leighton employee. I’m really enjoying my new role here and look forward to progressing with Leighton.”

University Visits

With the help of Leighton representatives, I have been involved in many university events such as careers fairs, mentoring schemes, mock interviews and career programme talks at the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside.

It was a fantastic opportunity to engage and interact with students and academics at each of the Universities - all of whom something unique to offer an employer like Leighton. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting some extremely inspirational and talented people and it was very clear that the majority of future graduates are very focused on both remaining, and finding career prospects within the North East.  At the career programme talks, students were given an in-depth introduction to Leighton, our clients, and the work we specialise in. These talks have not only helped us forge significant relationships, but have also allowed us to highlight to the students our commitment to offering high class graduate opportunities to the right candidates.

Mock Interviews

The mock interviews at Newcastle University were very beneficial to the students as it encouraged them to think about the job application process, the type of company that they may wish to work for in the future and learn more about the Computer Science Curriculum and technologies which they are studying.

We have successfully identified at least 6 potential future employees for Leighton and we can offer support to them in their placement year. We have agreed to follow the progress of these students and give them the opportunity to spend a day at Leighton. They can learn more about our business and meet key personnel whilst receiving advice on how to progress their careers in the commercial world.

Moving Forwards…

Leighton’s final event of the year will be held at Newcastle University with myself and our Senior Developer Birgitte Johnsen, delivering career talks to the female Computer Students, discussing their career options and our own career paths. This follows on nicely from recent press coverage of Leighton’s efforts to get more women into technology.

Starting the New Year on a high, myself and Neil Tomlin, a Leighton Web Developer,  will be teaming up with Sunderland University to mentor a number of students throughout 2015. We’re aiming to help them seek work and placement opportunities as well as offering advice and sharing ideas in which will benefit them with their current studies and possible future employment.