Local schoolchildren have been given a unique, behind the scenes tour of the Branston Road High School development as part of the Open Doors campaign, which aims to promote careers in the construction industry.
Builder and developer Seddon, who invited visitors to the site on Tuesday 28th March, is currently delivering the £25m Tatenhill education scheme for Staffordshire County Council.
The event, run by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with support from the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, showcases the career paths available in construction and the broad spectrum of skills required for major projects such as this.
Groups of 14 to 16 year olds from William Allitt and Beaumont Leys schools attended the event, alongside representatives from Staffordshire job centres and two structural surveyor trainees.
Visitors got the chance to see the progress being made on the state-of-the-art school, which will accommodate 1,440 pupils once open.
The building will cater for 1,200 secondary pupils, with an additional sixth form centre for 240 students. The scheme also comprises a sports hall and car parking.
Jane Young, Staffordshire schools adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “What a fantastic opportunity for members of the public, and in particular, students, to observe a modern construction site. Being able to ask the workforce questions directly is a great way to learn.
“I would urge any teachers or parents to encourage involvement in ‘open doors’ to open young mind to the diversity of job roles in construction. Many thanks to the team at Seddon for a welcoming and most informative visit.”
Eamonn Burns, regional director for the Midlands at Seddon, said: “Open Doors is just one way the industry is helping people to get real experience of what it’s like to work in construction.
“Seddon has long been dedicated to creating routes for young people into the sector and delivering high quality training. It was encouraging to see so many school children on site at Branston, learning about their career options for the future.”
Staffordshire County Council’s head of skills and employability, Tony Baines said: “The Branston High School development is significant to us as it is the first new high school to be built in Staffordshire in 25 years. We’re pleased then that Seddon is using its construction to showcase careers in the industry to young people locally. Students will have had insight into the broad range of skills involved and will be able to see how these play a part in the development as it progresses.”