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Young people invited to help build new school

Posted: 18/05/2009 22:30:52

Herefordshire Council is inviting 14-19 year olds from across the county to get involved with the building of a new state of the art school in Leominster.

The Minster College is currently in the process of being rebuilt and Stepnell Limited has been appointed to undertake the work. Working with the council, Stepnell is offering young people from all high schools and colleges a number of work experience opportunities to give the pupils a unique opportunity to get involved in the design and build of what promises to be an outstanding school building for Leominster.

The construction industry involves a vast number of professions, and the work experience available can be in any of these areas. For example, as well as the more traditional professions associated with construction like brick laying, carpentry, engineering, utilities installation, a project of this size will need designers, both interior and exterior, project managers, business support, IT experts and environmentalists.

On offer is a choice of one full week’s work experience or a work shadowing scheme where the students spends a day a week on the project over a specified period of time. In addition one day or half day site visits can be arranged together with a talk from the contractor on specific curriculum areas.

And teaching staff can also spend time at the project on placements which encourage them to get up to speed with the construction industry.

Laura Bentley, 14-19 co-ordinator at Herefordshire Council, said, “Stepnell is providing this wonderful opportunity for our young people as part of the company’s plans to involve the local community and encourage future construction workers.

“This is particularly good for those preparing to go into the construction industry, but can also provide lots of opportunities for others too. It’s a great chance for young people to try different jobs out like project management, design and planning for environmental sustainability. Students can learn first hand what their chosen profession is really like in a proper business environment, and decide whether it’s really for them.”

Anyone interested should contact Laura Bentley on 01432 260419.


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