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Jackson encourages students into civil engineering

Jackson recently exhibited at the largest South East Careers Fair in Kent to encourage the next generation of students into the construction industry.

Local secondary schools in the South East area collaborated to host a free careers fair at the Delting showground in Kent for over 1,200 pupils to attend career talks and visit 67 different industry focused exhibitors.

Many students were interested in obtaining information on how they could become an apprentice with Jacksons.

Organised by Assistant Head Teachers, Kevin Frost from Rainham Mark Grammar School and Sarah Appleton from Highsted Grammar School, the event catered for Year 9 to 11 students from eight local schools.

The event was split into two sessions during the course of the day and students were encouraged to visit exhibitors’ stands by following information brochures and each student utilising a simple ‘stamp system’ enabling the schools to track the number of stands visited by individuals.

Jackson’s southern region Public Liaison Office, Carole Jones said: “There was a great deal of interest at the Jackson stand where Jacob had set up a Total Station and was very happy to demonstrate and explain its use to students keen to become future civil engineers.”

“Many students were interested in obtaining information on how they could become an apprentice with Jacksons and this is an area that we could perhaps develop further.”

Graduate Engineer, Jacob Rudd said: “As a former student who attended events like these, it was very beneficial to me when deciding on the career path to take with my chosen subjects. I believe that students appreciate effort being taken by those from the industry to talk about possible careers, to give them a real feel for the working world.”

Southern Region Director, Steve Horton said: “As an industry, we need to do more to encourage school students into civil engineering and to provide information about the fantastic careers that are available. This career event was an ideal opportunity to promote the industry to local schools and encourage students to consider a career as an engineer or quantity surveyor. I would like to thank Carole and Jacob for their input into this important event.”