© 2018 by STEER Support & Mentoring CIC

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STEER was introduced at Leeds Beckett University during 2016/17 for undergraduates in the School of Built Environment and Engineering. In the first two academic years, seven successful undergraduates to the STEER Development Programme were matched with professional mentors and have benefitted from the support, all achieving First Class degree awards at graduation. All undergraduates have either found permanent work within the industry or gone onto further study.

Key components of the STEER Development Programme (SDP)

The SDP is open to any undergraduate that is undertaking a built environment degree programme. STEER assess the applications and match the undergraduates with suitable industry mentors. Key elements of the programme are:

  •  Three or four meetings with the mentor (at least two meetings in the office/ site environment).

  • Regular phone/ email communication with mentor and a site visit with all mentees.

  • Training on personal development plans, CV writing and mock interviews

  • Site visit arranged by STEER

  • End of year celebration and industry networking event

Benefits

Students:

  • Work place visits

  • Increased self confidence

  • Personal mentoring and coaching

  • Enhance interpersonal skills

  • Networking opportunities

Industry Role Models:

  • Mentor training

  • Networking opportunities

  • Greater understanding of entry level talent

"Whilst mentoring is not a new concept, it’s significance is often underestimated. STEER is a doubly rewarding initiative - not only does it allow us, as construction professionals, to support graduating students in their transition into industry, but it gives us a platform to highlight diversity & prove that construction is an industry with broad possibilities for everyone to succeed, regardless of their background.
STEER has been inspirational in both extending mentoring to those who have not yet even entered the workplace, giving them the very best start, and in its enthusiasm to connect students with diverse role models - where visibility of "someone like me" in a senior position can be key to retention of talent.
It has been wonderful to see professionals come together to create such a supportive environment to nurture future talent, and the initiative has gone from strength to strength in its short lifetime. Whilst it has been personally rewarding to share my experience with the students & see them flourish, I feel that, as mentors, STEER also supports our growth - creating a structure which allows professional relationships to develop in a supportive & inclusive environment. I wish STEER had been available to me as a student! " Corinne Hall, Project Architect, Whittam Cox Architects

Built Environment companies:

  • Early access to top graduate talent

  • Contributes to company CSR objectives and talent pipeline

  • Mentor training for industry professionals

  • Tackles skill shortage issues

  • Improving the work-ready standard of graduates

Higher Education institutions:

  • Student employability and retention (promotion to L5 students)

  • Extended professional network with employers and promotion at STEER events

  • Strengthening opportunities for undergraduates and professional body accreditation activity

Professional institutions and associations:

  • Increase membership for students and graduates

  • Raises industry and professional profile

  • Contribution to improved diversity and inclusion

  • Supports higher education institutions in achieving key graduate employability attributes

Current universities
Supporters

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