Rydon has an ongoing commitment to provide work experience to young people within the communities it works. Through a variety of initiatives hosted on construction sites and in our office locations, each year we provide many students with the opportunity to secure hands-on experience in a real work environment.

In partnership with Connexions, a not-for-profit organisation providing career advice and support services, Rydon provides opportunities for those who would like to get a taste of what life could be like working in our industry, but are not sure where to start or who to contact.

The diary below is from Nathan Stanley, a student at Claremont Senior School, who was in exactly this situation; his ambition is to become an engineer. During his time with us, Nathan kept an account of the activities he covered each day during a week-long placement working at the Harrow office of housing management company Network Group, a client of Rydon.

“My experience with Rydon was a real insight into what goes on in the world of maintenance. I now have a better understanding of the challenges involved with scheduling and reacting to repair and maintenance issues in social housing. I found the inspection of voids the most interesting of all and found my time here with Rydon a really positive experience.” Nathan Stanley, 16, Claremont Senior School.

Day one:  On the first day I was shown how to use, and worked through tasks on, three project management and electronic scheduling systems including Northgate, Planet and OptiTime. I also helped the contracts manager complete scheduling and raising work orders as well as purchase order entries.

Day two: We spent the whole day out on sites surveying tenants’ properties and assessing any damage. This was really interesting as each property had different requirements - I had to decide which fixtures and fittings should be kept and which needed updating.  

Day three: Day three and we were back in the office inputting much of the data that we identified from the properties the day before. I also carried on the surveying of the voids electronically and supported the activities of the site team by closing off their work orders.

Day four: Back out with the client properties, surveying of voids from Network Group’s properties in North West London. Later on we completed the inspection of completed voids. It’s great to see how nice a refurbished property looks for the new tenant.

Day five:  On my last day I saw a very different aspect to Rydon’s operation, supporting the customer care function. Helping the administrator input and file jobs onto spreadsheets, it was fascinating to see the complexity involved in maintaining a large portfolio of properties.