AS PART of HPBC’s ongoing partnership with ESTP, the leading higher education institution for civil engineering in France, we were pleased to welcome another student for a three-month placement this summer.
Student Léa Bebien, 23, from Paris, has written a report about her 13-week experience on the Kingsley Road site in Liverpool.
She worked with construction staff, volunteers and home partners on the latest phase of our affordable housing development from 9th July to 5th October 2018.
Léa explains why she chose to spend her placement in the UK, volunteering in the construction industry:
The report gives an overview of her experience of the charity, including staff from HPBC’s current construction partner, volunteers and home partners, the tasks she undertook, and background to the wider community in Liverpool. Léa also explains how she was a Team Leader for a number of Team Build days organised to enable Home Partners who work Monday to Friday to volunteer to gain Sweat Equity hours which count towards the deposit on the home they help to build.
In the acknowledgements of her report she writes:
ESTP trains the largest number of students for the construction industry in France, specialising in design, construction, planning and development, project and facilities management, sustainable buildings and infrastructures, rehabilitation, maintenance, new materials, and energy efficiency.
One of the main characteristics of the ESTP is its close relationship to industry; many renowned companies are its active partners, and HPBC is proud to be one of them!
Léa concluded her report with this encouragement for her fellow students: