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Young talent is crucial to the architecture and engineering sector, and nurturing youth development is key to attracting interns and graduates to the industry, SSH experts said on International Youth Day (IYD) today (12 August).
An annual United Nations initiative, IYD draws attention to youth issues worldwide, from education to poverty and everything in between, and gives governments, companies, institutions or individuals the chance to highlight their support for young people in a variety of ways.
The theme of this year’s IYD is Safe Spaces for Youth, which can mean, for example, safe from conflict, safe public spaces, or safe online interaction. SSH is always keen to help mentor and guide young talent across all its territories, and means the company is a safe place for youth to learn and to prosper.
“At SSH, we engage in work experience placements for school-age youth, full internships for university students looking to gain a foothold in the architecture and engineering sector, as well as provide training to graduate employees experiencing a real-world workplace for the first time,” said Bruce Ball, Chief HR Officer at SSH. “We help to give young people the tools, skills and confidence to become valuable assets and to feel valued themselves.”
Nurturing young talent is a vital step in attracting future architects and engineers into the industry, believes Sadoon Al Essa, Executive Partner of SSH.
“Young people bring energy and an open-minded approach, along with their creative instincts in the built environment,” he said. “We need to provide them with the right mentoring, exposure to the team environment and hands-on training, which would not only be a benefit to us at SSH, they can go on to create successful projects that will benefit the urban landscape, the environment or even the broader society.”
If you are a student or graduate and would like to register your interest in gaining some industry experience as part of the SSH Family, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state either ‘Internship’ or ‘Graduate’ in the subject field, along with your discipline of interest and SSH office location of interest.