Young people at Pellikaan

What could be more fun than to see young peopleโ€™s enthusiasm regarding your profession? That is why you can find them at Pellikaan on a regular basis. They visit the sites, celebrate milestones with us, do school projects or traineeships.

Construction art
As an example, local students helped decorate our site hoarding in Newbury with a Rugby World Cup theme. Primary school pupils prepared drawings for the start ceremony in Wyre Forest and students in Heerlen, The Netherlands made great short videos about the work on site (see their videos here). In Tadworth a group of students is following the whole project from start to finish. We are looking forward to see their film at the end!

From work experience week to thesis
Other young people joined us for traineeships. Dutch 14-year old Demi did her work experience week at head office in The Netherlands; 17-year-old English Ben discovered that he found the design aspect most interesting during his week on site in Washington. Brandon, Sjors and Sjef all did traineeships at Pellikaan whilst studying construction / engineering –ย  and ended up working with us as assistant site managers and as design manager. And just this week, Bert and Kenny presented their thesis for their Bachelor in Construction Engineering. Over the past months they researched which building envelope solution is ideal for new Pellikaan school buildings.

Social Return on Investment
To create awareness and affiliation with a project, to inspire young people about our work, and provide them with the opportunity to get practical experience. โ€œIt is all part of our role as principle contractorโ€ says Andrew Laslett, project manager in Tadworth. Our projects are important to the local community: we subcontract regionally where possible and we involve the people in the neighbourhood โ€“ especially children and young people. โ€œIt is also motivating for us to see the enthusiasm of students when they visit the construction sites,it provides the entire site and workforce with a validation for our efforts.โ€


Wyre Forest
Pupils in Wyre Forest prepared great art themed to the new leisure centre; they also helped fill an bury the time capsule

In Tadworth, a group of students is following the project from start to finish โ€“ with camera!

In Culemborg, pupils made beautiful piles for their own new school building

In Newbury, local students helped decorating the hoarding in a Rugby World Championship theme, with balls representing all participating countries

For the annual โ€œhiking weekโ€, schools in Hilversum chose the โ€œConstruction of the new schoolโ€ as a theme. Pupils got to use some of our gear to get in the mood


Gert-Jan Peeters

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