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Crossrail - Young Crossrail

Case study

“Although work experience is now non-compulsory in schools, Crossrail saw immense value in providing a structured work experience programme for students from partner schools as part of the Young Crossrail programme. Given the huge skills gap in the Construction and Engineering industries, giving students the opportunity to meet real people, doing real jobs on the project and enabling young people to understand the routes they can take to get in to the industry is so important in helping to address the problem. On the programme Crossrail provided, students attended an assessment day where they were given skills to complete work experience application forms and interview skills, before getting the chance to put their skills in to practice during the session.”

Lauren Hillier Former Crossrail Programme Manager

Organisation: Crossrail

Sector: Transport infrastructure

Location: London

Scheme title: Corporate Work Experience Programme - Young Crossrail

Duration: Two weeks

Age groups involved: 14-17

Introduction to the company 

Crossrail is Europe’s largest infrastructure project. It is delivering the Elizabeth line, a new railway for London and the South East.

What scheme do you offer?

Now ended, but when operational, Corporate Work Experience Programme.

How did students benefit?

Students get involved in a range of activities, including visiting the Crossrail site, a tour of the Tunnelling and Underground Constriction Academy and a half day employability skills workshop. Students were able to work on site in Crossrail, learning engineering skills hands-on

How did the organisation benefit?

Crossrail learnt a lot about how to deliver an educational benefit to students seeking a work experience. Our evaluations enabled us to work out how to improve our schemes and offerings to students. Sharing these learnings outside of Crossrail with other major projects and the wider industry is important to our legacy. Through our Corporate Work Experience Programme we have seen the benefits of introducing engineering as a career, and in the longer term future projects and the whole industry will benefit from our learnings.

Top tips

It is important to make sure you get the most value out of your work experience programme. In 2013, 98% students rated our work experience as good or excellent.