Learning in lockdown – UK Construction London helps students with their studies
Even during these challenging times, our people have been bringing our ‘Always care’ value to life with the sort of creativity, care and strength in unity that set ISG apart as a business and culture.
As we continue to circumnavigate the challenges that COVID-19 impresses on our lives, it’s as important as ever that we shine a light on the positive news stories which emanate from our people around the world.
One such person is Steven McGee, managing director for UK Construction London, who, with the help of his team, has been providing construction students with the support they need to enable them to continue to learn – despite being unable to attend lectures.
“I became aware that thousands of construction students in the UK would have to complete their studies at home or in halls of residence and wouldn’t be able to continue face-to-face lectures due to COVID-19,” he explains.
“It occurred to me how difficult this must be for them, with no access to lecturers to answer the questions that inevitably arise.”
Steven put the call out via LinkedIn, and the response from students and ISG volunteers alike has been overwhelming.
Over 100 students reached out, with Steven, early careers talent partner, Emma Simpson, project engineer, Zahra Ghaffari, and education engagement manager, Karen Vigar, then working together to pair each student with members of the UK Construction London team according to the specialism required – quantity surveying, design management, construction management, building services or engineering.
Creating an informal ‘buddy’ system, Steven paired 38 ISG volunteers with students, with each ‘buddy’ then providing technical advice and coursework guidance with students directly.
Darren Archer was one such student: “I really can’t thank you enough for your time,” he shared.
“It was very interesting to hear the views of someone with such a wealth of knowledge and experience, especially in terms of industry practice. I’d like to thank all involved in arranging the experience – it really highlights what an amazing company ISG is.”
The news follows in the footsteps of heartwarming good news stories across the globe, including camaraderie from our team in Germany to keep spirits high and the widespread efforts of our our people and teams to support their communities and local health services in what is a hugely challenging time for all.