Primary schoolchildren learn about construction career opportunities in huge event

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Oct 2017

The region’s largest construction trade and careers event, Foundations Live 2017, was “bigger and better than ever” according to organisers.

The event at Bishop Burton College’s equine arena highlighted the recent increase in job openings in the sector, in order to promote the industry to young people when they leave education.

More than 50 industry organisations exhibited their products and services at Foundations Live 2017, including national suppliers to the construction trade, representatives from the local supply chain, local authorities and training providers.

The event is a collaboration between construction firm Hobson & Porter, Jewson and Bishop Burton College.

Dave Blades, business development director for Hobson & Porter, said: “This year’s Foundations Live event received a brilliant response – we had an even bigger and better turnout than last year’s event.

“People of all ages from primary school pupils to adult re-trainers came along to find out about the great variety of career options in the construction industry.

A pupil from Ings Primary School, Hull, tries her hand at bricklaying at Foundations Live 2017

“It was also a great opportunity for organisations to exhibit their products and services, network with other suppliers and tap into the potential among other students.”

Pupils from Biggin Hill Primary School, one of four primary schools which attended the event, tried their hand at bricklaying during a workshop held during the event.

Miss Hamilton, a teacher from Biggin Hill, said: “The children responded really well to the event, and many of them have been discussing how they would like to work in construction when they are older. It was a really useful career initiative which has a lot of benefits for those attending.”

One of the pupils from Biggin Hill Primary, Grace Hare, aged 10, said: “I found the event to be really exciting, it taught me about building and made me think about doing it as a job when I’m older.”

Aerial view of Foundations Live 2017

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and affiliated training bodies held surgeries and drop-in sessions to inform people of the training grants available and support for employing apprentices.

Janice Chattaway, advisor for the CITB Humber region, said: “At CITB, we’ve been working hard to help the construction industry in Yorkshire and the Humber to attract and retain new recruits.

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“According to our CSN forecast, there will be over 9,000 construction jobs that need to be filled in Yorkshire and the Humber over the next five years, and so we were very keen to promote the industry’s recruitment campaign Go Construct to make sure young people in the region know how varied and rewarding a career in construction can be.”

Jeremy Hara, course manager for construction at Bishop Burton College, said: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s Foundations Live event. Our construction department is committed to developing pupil’s employability and preparing them for their future careers, and the event was hugely beneficial to those that attended.”



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