Carillion CEO Encourages Students to Consider Engineering

21 October 2016

 It’s a really good time to follow a career in engineering


On Friday 14 October, Allerton Grange School hosted Richard Howson, Chief Executive Officer of Carillion plc, who presented to Year 10 students about careers within the engineering industry. Following the assembly, a group of students took part in an interactive workshop, led by Richard, which focused on the range of skills required in different roles.

The guest appearance was organised by Mr Tom Hanson, who secured the well sought after booking of the CEO of such a large international business and industry leader, in partnership with Speakers for Schools. Taking time out in between travelling to London, Dubai and Madrid, Richard inspired students to pursue careers in engineering and its support services after the industry has seen a decline in people choosing to study engineering following the recession.

 “Contradictory to popular belief, it is actually a really good time to follow a career in engineering because, as an industry, we are crying out for skilled and trained professionals. As the government focuses on growing the economy, money is being invested in infrastructure, which means more jobs in the engineering sector and further opportunities. It’s so important for young people to have an understanding of the range of careers available, the many opportunities to travel the world, as well as the salaries involved and what steps they need to take in terms of Higher Education or Apprenticeships to get where they want to be.” – Richard Howson

Richard lives in Skipton, North Yorkshire, with his wife and two sons aged 11 and 13. He has worked for Carillion for over 23 years, first as an Engineer, after getting a degree in Construction Management at Leeds Polytechnic (now known as Leeds Metropolitan University), he has worked his way up the company to Executive Director responsible for Middle East, North Africa and UK Construction and finally Chief Executive Officer in 2012.

Carillion plc employ 50,000 people world-wide, with 26,000 jobs here in the UK, as well as providing 18,000 Apprenticeship places. Richard chairs ‘Business in the Community’ and champions community links across the industry. Carillion have appointed over 400 homeless people into full time work over the last five years, work closely with ex-offenders and allow their employees to take up to 6 days each year to volunteer in the community.

 “We have high expectations for all of our students and want to not only provide an excellent teaching and learning environment, but also pathways that lead them to achieve their full potential through school and beyond.” Mr Roper – Headteacher, Allerton Grange School