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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.

The programme for the academic year 2021/2 has been completed.

Between November 2021 and May 2022 there were three site visits (22 pupils plus three teachers on each occasion) and one Zoom presentation. The sites were the Thames Tideway Project and the Holland Gate development in Kensington and the Zoom was the Hammersmith Town Hall redevelopment project. The two schools were the UCL Academy Trust in Camden and St Peter’s primary school in Hammersmith.

It had been hoped also to arrange visits to the BRE and a Building Heroes training establishment but ongoing Covid restrictions unfortunately prevented this.

It was always planned that events for this academic year would be organised by the  Trustees as a pilot project to test the scheme’s viability and the logistics required.

The project has now been handed over to the Company to take forward. The idea works well but has proved very time consuming to arrange. The Trust stands ready to render all assistance the Company may need and will provide the necessary funding.

If you are interested to learn more about how Constructing Our Future can inspire school students to pursue careers in the construction industry, please see a video here.

Marie, A Graduate Apprentice On The Thames Tideway Project Explaining The Project And Her Role To Students From The UCL Academy Trust.
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