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School Leavers Case Studies

Fionnuala McGowan

During year 10 at school, she attended a 2 week work experience placement at Mone Brothers. She thoroughly enjoyed her time there. She also attended a construction taster day where she was given careers information and guidance.

After completing work experience and attending the taster day, she spoke to her mum and explained that she wanted to pursue a career in the construction industry. Her mum wasn’t sure as she was keen for her to do A Levels at Sixth Form.

During year 11, she attended a week of taster days at the College where she was given an introduction to various trades. She also attended the Technical Summer School where she gained a better understanding of construction management and careers such as civil engineering, architecture, building services and surveying.

She was surer than ever that she wanted to go to LCB, but needed to get her mum on side. They both attended an open evening and was given lots of information about the BTEC courses and progression routes into higher education. Although they found it very useful, her mum was still not convinced that this was the right route for her and in the end she enrolled at Notre Dame Sixth Form to study A levels.

Whilst at Notre Dame, she expressed an interest in moving to LCB and studying construction, so they arranged a week’s work experience for her at Laing O’Rouke, an international engineering enterprise. That year she also conducted a week’s work experience with Land Securities a large commercial properties company.

She spoke with such enthusiasm about her time on work experience that they convinced her mum and tutors that moving to LCB was the best thing to do. She enrolled on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and has never looked back.

She made such a good impression on Land Securities so she has continued to attend work experience one day per week.

She is so pleased she finally made the decision to study construction at Leeds College of Building. She can now see that all of her hard work and determination has paid off and is excited about her future career.

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