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Local schools get an insight into a career in construction

Peterborough College have teamed up with The South Lincolnshire Group Training Association (SLGTA) to inspire trades people of the future with a variety of have-a-go construction activities.

Students from local secondary schools took part in a range of activities including historic building techniques consisting of rammed earth and earth mortars, plant mechanics, civil engineering, design, trade skills, surveying, and more.

Electrical Installations Lecturer at Peterborough College, James Gabriele said,

“The event has been fantastic and it’s been an absolute pleasure to host students from local secondary schools. Everyone has enjoyed interacting with the students and watching their interest grow as they carried out practical activities and to see them having fun whilst learning. These students are definitely in the making of great electricians of the future!

It has also been great to have the support of many local and national construction companies at the event including CITB, Crowley Associates Ltd, Lindum Group, Travis Perkins, George Barnsdale & Sons Ltd, Messenger Construction Ltd, Worcester Bosch, Millstone Restoration Training, EMESS, GBSG, Galliford Try and National Highways providing activities for the students to have a go themselves and giving them an insight into various construction career options.”

The hugely successful annual event celebrates the working relationships and collaboration of not only schools and colleges, but local employers, students and tutors who all engaged with supporting and delivering activities to the future of our construction workforce.

It also gave the college the opportunity to showcase its fantastic facilities giving the visiting students an insight into what studying at college might be like. With many expressing an interest in college being their next step of their educational journey once they have finished school.

Aidan aged 15 from University Academy Long Sutton said,

“I have really enjoyed the visit to the college today and found the activities really good, I enjoyed the electrical activities especially trying to figure out where the cable goes! It’s made me consider a career in electrical installations and after seeing the facilities at the college I would definitely look at studying here when I finish school.”

Opportunities such as these would not have been possible without support from a wide variety of employers including Princebuild Ltd who provided Hi Vis vests, Allison Homes Ltd who supplied materials and GBSG Security Group who recognised the engagement from all those attended with the presentation of awards to the best students from each activity. Congratulations to School of the Day which was awarded to University Academy Long Sutton, and School Staff Member of the Day which was awarded to Suzan Gray from Kirkstone House School.

Feedback from students, school participants and employers were unanimously positive with George Barnsdale & Sons Ltd Technical Director Darren Templeman commenting,

Peterborough College Joinery students were a fantastic support, not only were they helpful in setting up the event, but their engagement in delivering the Bird Box activity with the school students was brilliant”.

The event has been an exciting event for all, giving students a valuable insight into the huge variety of construction and engineering careers available to them which they may not have considered before.

For more information about the courses available at Peterborough College visit: www.peterborough.ac.uk