Harry Fairclough recruits local student to ‘experience construction’ on Civic Centre build

RIchard Haldane

Local student Richard Haldane has joined the Harry Fairclough site team for an eight week work experience placement to support his civil engineering studies and future career in the construction industry. Richard has lived in Harrogate, within a five minute walk from the site with his family for a number of years and attended St John Fisher Catholic High School. He knows the area well and was keen to work for a local contractor on a significant project in his hometown.

Richard comments: “I’m currently studying for a civil engineering degree at Nottingham Trent University, having just completed my first year and was determined to use the summer break as an opportunity to gain some valuable hands on training and experience. The Harrogate Borough Council Civic Centre build is almost on my doorstep and provides the opportunity for me to gain some real practical experience to bring my studies to life and give me an insight into the workings of a live construction site.”

Richard Haldane - work experienceRichard joined the Harry Fairclough team at the beginning of August and will complete his placement around the end of September. After a thorough induction process, including health and safety briefings and all processes and systems, Richard will spend a large amount of his remaining time on site shadowing our highly experienced site engineer, Glen Wrigley.

Glen explains: “As a first year civil engineering student this is Richard’s first real taste of what it’s like to be part of the site team on a construction project of this scale. In the coming weeks he will work closely with me on setting out duties, quality assurance measures, liaising with the wider site team and subcontractors and understanding the detail around important details such as site drawings. This is all highly relevant to and will support his studies and with securing further work experience opportunities, as he progresses in his four year course.”

 Councillor Graham Swift, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Enterprise concludes: “It is important that we do all we can to encourage young people who are considering a career in the construction industry. Work experience placements and apprenticeships are a fantastic way of providing people with the opportunity to learn valuable skills and gain practical experience, and we are pleased that this opportunity is being offered as part of the construction of our new civic headquarters. The council already employees apprentices in areas such as our In-House Maintenance Team and offers work placement opportunities, and we are delighted that our suppliers are able to offer such opportunities.”

Work experience placements on our sites are just one of the ways in which we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to promoting careers in construction to the next generation. Read more about our latest schools initiative here