Constructing Our Future
Constructing our future
This exciting new initiative has been developed by the trustees during 2021 to give school students in the 8 – 16 age range inspirational experiences of the construction industry and demonstrate the exceptionally wide range of interesting and fulfilling careers that it can offer.
We hope that these experiences will motivate the students to have an early interest in construction as a career. They also hope to raise the profile of, and increase respect for, construction in the eyes of the teachers and careers advisors.
The 8– 16 age group has been specifically selected for the initial phase of this initiative, but it is intended to include A level students in the future.
We have a close working relationship with UCL Academy in Camden, which has a very diverse range of pupils and already teaches engineering to all students from the age of eleven, with many going on to take engineering at GCSE and A level. A pilot scheme is being developed during which it is planned to give students five or more construction related in-situ experiences during the school year.
The first of these trips was a very successful visit for Year 9 students to the Thames Tideway project at the end of November 2021.
St Peter’s Church of England primary school in Hammersmith is also taking part in this first year pilot scheme. Year 4 pupils will be visiting construction sites in Hammersmith and in Kensington in the early part of 2022. These sites will also be visited by students from UCL Academy.
The lessons learned during the first year of this initiative will be used to roll out further schemes with more schools during the following academic years.