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Secondary and primary school pupils try their hand at construction skills


By Mercury reporter


Almost 500 pupils from secondary and primary schools tried their hands at a range of construction skills during a have-a-go event designed to inspire the tradesmen and women of the future.

New College Stamford last week teamed up with South Lincolnshire Group Training Association (SLGTA) and a wealth of local and regional employers from the construction industry, to offer local school pupils the opportunity to explore a variety of technical, professional and trade career opportunities available in the construction industry.

Local secondary school pupils have a go at bridge building (5193440)
Local secondary school pupils have a go at bridge building (5193440)

The 320 primary school and 170 secondary school students took part in a range of have-a-go activities including building with recyclable materials, cable-stayed bridge building, operating hydraulics and plant machinery, road construction and surveying.

These were done alongside traditional skills such as plastering, tiling and joinery.

Principal Janet Meenaghan gets hands-on at the event (5193442)
Principal Janet Meenaghan gets hands-on at the event (5193442)

Gary McPartland, director for Technical and Creative Industries at New College Stamford said: “Over the next five years the construction industry will need to recruit over 220,000 additional people to meet the skills challenge.

"It is important we sustain the future economy and give young people a taste of the different trades available to them in the professional and technical construction industries.

"As well as having lots of fun, we hope that inviting students to have a go themselves will give them insight into a career they may have not considered before."

Professional, techincal and traditaional skills were on offer for pupils to try (5193444)
Professional, techincal and traditaional skills were on offer for pupils to try (5193444)

The hugely successful event is now in its 4th year, and celebrates the working relationships and collaboration of not only schools and colleges, but local employers, students and tutors who all engage with supporting and delivering activities to the future of our construction workforce.



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