Inspiring the next generation of engineers
ENGIE is committed to supporting and training the next generation of engineers who will shape our future cities and communities.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where ENGIE provides estate and facilities management and is the sole supplier of heating and cooling through its low carbon energy centres, is the perfect training ground for aspiring built environment professionals to learn the importance of design in a practical, real-world setting.
ENGIE is also a founding partner of Our Parklife, a joint venture and social enterprise, which aims to connect local people to the Park through volunteering, training and employment opportunities.
ENGIE together with Our Parklife has held two career days this year and supported work experience tasters with 16-19 year olds studying the 15 week Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) course at Newham College. The GCSE equivalent qualification is an accredited learning programme that applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices through project work.
The career days provide a chance to hear from managers and staff involved in managing and maintaining the estate and facilities in the Park as well as team challenges to get the students thinking about how to deal with real-life situations including crisis management. It is great to see the students positively engaging in these practical sessions as you can see in the Our Parklife Twitter moment. The feedback has been excellent.
“ENGIE has played an important role in the delivery of this course specifically with providing the students with excellent hands on workshops, tours of the park and opportunities to experience real life working environments.”
Julia Brunning - SME Design, Engineer, Construct Digital Skills Solutions, Newham College
The result is young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills. The first DEC level 2 cohort that attended the career days achieved excellent results with 10 grade A*, 5 grade A and 1 grade C. Many of the students expressed an interest in a range of roles with ENGIE and several registered as volunteers for Our Parklife.
ENGIE has over 200 employees at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Paula Denise Vaz Cudna, employed as a receptionist at Loughborough University, won the Individual Achievement Award at the LLDC Apprenticeship Awards in July. A further 30 employees currently enrolled on Apprenticeships were recognised through a ‘Making it Happen’ Award.
ENGIE is committed to supporting our people and the communities we serve, read more about how we are working towards a more sustainable future in OurFuture Plan.