Construction students learn about green jobs of the future

Full-time construction students and apprentices were given an insight into the green economy and jobs of the future in a presentation by sector leader Equans.

Green Careers

The firm’s Sustainability and Innovation Manager Kirsty Tweddell visited the college yesterday to deliver a talk on the changing face of construction, focusing on how the industry will contribute to Net Zero and provide the green jobs of the future.

The presentation to carpentry & joinery and painting & decorating students and apprentices was arranged as part of Green Careers Week, a nationwide campaign (November 7 to 12) promoting employment opportunities for young people that contribute to preserving the environment.

Jennifer Phillips, Student Progression Manager at Bishop Auckland College, said: “Equans are the leading provider of regeneration services in the UK, supporting businesses, communities and the public sector to provide low-carbon energy solutions including community regeneration and refurbishment to repairs, maintenance and housing development.

“Kirsty has a wealth of experience and provided students with a fantastic insight into the green economy and job roles of the future.”

Green Careers Week

Kirsty Tweddell added: “It was a pleasure to be able to talk to students at Bishop Auckland College about the changing face of construction and how our industry plays a significant role in the country heading towards Net Zero.

"It’s important to remember that not every ‘Green Career’ has ‘Green’ or ‘Sustainability’ in the title and that moving forward, sustainability will be at the core of everything we do.

“As the students’ careers in construction progress, whether that be making good after retrofit works or being part of a newbuild or retrofit construction team, they will all play a vital role in achieving Net Zero.

“I wish the students well with their studies and I hope the session has inspired them to innovate and change traditional processes and materials used by the industry in the future.”

Equans, which employs 13,500 people in the UK and Ireland, supports businesses, communities and the public sector by mobilising its expertise to provide low-carbon energy solutions, offer cutting-edge technical and facilities management services and transformative regeneration.