PROVIDING A REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE

As a Construction Management trainee at Winvic, you will have the opportunity to play an integral role within the business – we’re not looking for people to make the tea and take a backseat. During the 12 month training scheme, you will develop your technical knowledge and soft skills, learning how to be a part of a highly experienced team that delivers first class projects. The structured programme will be aligned to your role, skills and passions, while also designed to shape the industry’s future managers.

A number of mentors from various disciplines, including design, commercial and project management will work with you to ensure you get the most from your placement. We are also on hand once you return to university if you need further guidance and we’d like to think we’ll be your first port of call when looking to start your career after graduation.

Our in-house training department will ensure you receive all the training and support you need, including:

  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Surveying and Setting-Out
  • A.T. and Signal Generator
  • Fire safety

You will also gain experience towards achieving chartered membership of a professional body, such as:

  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)

HEAR WHAT OUR YEAR-IN INDUSTRY PLACEMENT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY:

Name: George Johnson
Placement: Trainee Quantity Surveyor between July 2018 and September 2019
Permanent Role: Assistant Quantity Surveyor from July 2020
Studied: BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Describe Your Role: I was able to get involved in a lot of tasks and work with over 35 subcontractors, learning about each element of the programme, from steel erection right through to completion at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway. Tasks included taking measurements, processing subcontract orders and then managing the progression and valuations out on site. I was also pricing variations and towards the end of my placement I was involved in agreeing final accounts. I learned how important it is to build good relationships, with the team around you, with subcontractors and clients, and I became more confident in my abilities as a QS and how my role works within a site team.

Advice for people wanting to join Winvic? I couldn’t have imagined working on a £61 million pound state-of-the art warehouse for Amazon when I left school, so dream big! If you want a placement where everyone you work with takes the time to help with your development, and where everyone has the same goals of doing it right first time, hitting programmes and working to budget, then Winvic is the place for you.

 

Name: Nirav Lad
Placement: Trainee Site Engineer between July 2018 and September 2019
Permanent Role: Site Engineer from September 2020
Studied: BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Describe Your Role: I worked at Glasshoughton, Castleford on an industrial warehouse for Barwood Capital and Tungsten Properties. In the first few months I managed the piling for ground stabilisation purposes, worked on the drainage packages, learned about cutting and filling, and was involved in surveying. Later on, I managed subcontractors on a day-to-day basis, ordered concrete and drainage
supplies and had the main role of setting out kerbs and drainage. One of the most challenging things I did was to set out stairs without using robotics, going back to basic engineering principles using string lines, taping and a plumb bob. We handed this project over close to the end of my YII, so I spent my last two months at Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale for Wilson Bardon Developments where I focused on putting down the external slabs.

Advice for people wanting to join Winvic? Don’t expect to just watch other people – my managing and daily mentors gave me the opportunity and pushed me to be an engineer – so be prepared to manage tasks, experience real-life problems and help come up with solutions. Winvic doesn’t manage each element of the project in isolation, it takes the whole programme into consideration. This means you need to have the right mindset to work as one team with all staff and subcontractors.

STUDENT HOLIDAY PLACEMENTS

Throughout the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays each year, a number of students come to work for us on short-term placements, which range from one to four weeks. We have no set rules in place about the subject or subjects that applicants need to be studying, and in fact, we support the need for wider awareness of the construction industry.

Of course most of the young men and women that apply for a holiday placement with us are learning about a construction related discipline, and we ensure they have the opportunity to learn as much as possible and get hands on in their field of choice.

“There has seldom been a moment during the three months that I’ve spent working at Mercia Park that I’ve felt I’m not learning something. The team on-site have a wide range of skills and knowledge that they are always happy to share with me, all my questions are answered, and I’ve been given chance to prove myself using equipment and drawings. I have been trusted with responsibilities from the start, which has made me feel a part of the team and built my confidence when attempting new tasks. I cannot thank Winvic and the Mercia Park site team enough for including me in the project, and I feel confident that I’ll be equipped with attributes and knowledge that will set me apart from my peers in the future.”

Tom Hooke, Civil Engineering Student, BSc Construction Project Management

 

To find out more about our current ‘year in industry’ opportunities and student holiday placements download our brochure or get in touch with our HR department below.