On the back of building the new East Riding College Beverley campus Houlton are teaching school children the importance of health and safety through a creative competition.
Pupils at Walkington Primary School were tasked with creating a safety poster to highlight the risks of an operational building site after a visit from a member of staff at Houlton.
Children were given a presentation on the dangers of construction sites which included a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) DVD, before being briefed on the competition. Children also had the chance to try on some of the site safety equipment including hard hats, hi-vis jackets, safety goggles and ear defenders.
The three winners, Tegan Blake-Barnard, Lucy Sutcliffe and Tilly Wilkinson were each given a prize to reward them for their outstanding efforts and the posters are now displayed on the site fencing at the East Riding College site.
We are moving ahead rapidly with the construction of the £14m campus project, which will welcome its first intake of students in September 2015, shortly before the Flemingate shopping and leisure development is completed.
The new campus will feature 30 teaching rooms with specialist IT and engineering facilities and a large Learning Resource Centre with access to a wide range of digital and printed reference materials.
It will also feature industry standard hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, a restaurant and a travel agency, which will provide realistic training facilities for students and be open to paying members of the public.
One key element will be the Energy Technology Centre, which will provide facilities for small to medium enterprises in the quickly developing renewable energies sector and provide links to training across a range of business, energy and environmental services.
Keith Gilson, Commercial Director said: “The competition is a fantastic way for pupils to understand the importance of health and safety on construction sites and the girls did a fantastic job with their posters which look brilliant on the site fence”.