Houlton recently supported NYEBP(North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership) and Humber Training Group with a pilot scheme called Roots to Roofs. This schools and careers programme was designed to give primary school children an insight into the different careers and opportunities available in the construction industry.

The aims of the project were:

  • To support the development of skills that future employers are looking for; teamwork, problem solving, decision making, organisation, finance and presentation skills
  • To positively promote and raise awareness of the variety of job roles in the construction sector
  • To inspire students to consider a future in the construction industry and to introduce them and their teachers to the Go Construct website and resources.

A launch event was held with 10 different schools, aimed at 30 - 40 pupils of 9 -11 year olds, giving an overview of the different career opportunities available within the construction industry, followed by a practical assignment using a purpose designed tool kit, teams of 4-5 pupils assigned each person a ‘job role’ (project manager, quantity surveyor, health and safety manager, architect and marketing manager). They worked together on the development of a 2D house model looking at various aspects of construction and sustainability keeping within a budget of £100k. Each group then presented their house to the rest of the class, explaining the materials they had chosen, the cost of their house and why each person was assigned to their job role.

The following weeks saw each team work together on a challenge to produce a 3D model of a new-build house, detailing materials used, methods of construction, marketing and budgeting. These were then judged and the winners were invited to the Grande Finale event in York on 29th June at the NYBEP Annual STEM event - Inspirations 2017, a great showcase event for schools and careers, attended by approximately 2000 pupils.

Congratulations to Hallgate Primary School, Cottingham,  winners of the competition and well done to everyone who took part in the programme.

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