Dallaglio RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.

On 10th February 2016, a group of RugbyWorks young people, visited McGee’s demolition site at Southbank Place on Belvedere Road; a prominent feature on the South Bank of the River Thames which now forms the backdrop to the London Eye. 

From the outset McGee were incredibly welcoming and it was great to see how excited our young people were for the day ahead.

Emma Attwood, McGee’s Marketing & Communications Manager, worked with Matt Ryan to organise the day. She commented: “It was pleasing to hear the young people found the visit to Southbank Place enjoyable and interesting. The McGee team really enjoyed hosting the visit. If only one person took something positive from the day and is inspired to go onto a career in the construction industry it makes it all really worthwhile. We look forward to working with Dallaglio Foundation again in the future.”

McGee’s Head of Social Responsibility introduced the day to our young people by outlining developments McGee were involved in and the vast input it takes from various different teams to get a site ready for a demolition to even take place. The group were amazed with the amount of jobs and responsibilities talked about in this session. The fact that an entire building’s electricity has to be completely cut off before McGee put their own electricity in and take control of knowing where all live points are, to prevent any major electrical based incidents happening, was one example which highlighted the major planning that takes place.

Before a tour of the site every person received a welcome pack which included hard hats, steel toe boots, gloves, safety goggles and high-vis jackets. The tour observed all the different areas of site, even a steep climb up the scaffolding which allowed everybody to see the sight from a birds eye view.

After this lunch was served and HR conducted a workshop on McGee’s training and development for employees. Our young people were given lots of valuable information about the varied career paths available. Hearing from real people, specifically someone who had managed to climb the ladder to Site Supervisor was really inspiring and demonstrated to our young people how hard work combined with commitment can be rewarded with such roles.

The day was specifically tailored to our young people’s needs and because of this they were very excited by the number of different career paths and job opportunities available with each of them expressing a different interest in the industry. 

On behalf of the RugbyWorks team we would like to extend a huge thanks to McGee for delivering an inspiring and interactive day and being so generous with their time and resources. It was very much appreciated by students and staff alike.


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