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Inspiring the next generation of construction workers

School children from across South Wales have taken part in the final of Construct IT, an inter-cluster school competition

Posted by Julian Owen | April 12, 2018 | Events

Construct IT, a competition designed to inspire the next generation of construction workers, has been held in South Wales.

Hosted by Morgan Sindall, in partnership with Careers Wales and Business in the Community (BITC), the event saw teams of Year Eight pupils from across the valleys and Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) taking part. It was delivered under the Business Class programme, a BITC scheme funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by Careers Wales, which aims to forge links between employers and schools. 

Pupils from 14 schools competed, paired with Morgan Sindall representatives who guided and supported them, before helping to choose the winning team. 

The pupils were tasked with designing the floorplan of a new primary school, while ensuring they stayed within budget and design brief. 

The day culminated in presentations given by each team, where pupils explained their design and the rationale behind it. The students also had to demonstrate an understanding of the financial implications when presenting their ideas. 

The aim of the event was to highlight the range of career paths within construction and challenge stereotypical perceptions of the industry. It also looked to improve the youngsters’ understanding of the wider world of work, the career choices available to them and how they could build on their employability skills.  

Students from Tonyrefail School (above) were crowned the eventual winners. Morgan Sindall is currently on site at Tonyrefail and working with RCT Council to deliver a transformative £44m upgrade to the facilities there. 

Mike Little, community engagement manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “Events like this provide a great opportunity for us to engage with students from across the region, enabling them to explore the construction industry and careers within the sector. 

The contest has brought together a record number of schools and the participants produced some amazing work throughout the contest. It was great to see their enthusiasm and talent shining through. 

Matt Appleby, director of BITC Cymru, said: “This fantastic opportunity has enabled pupils to interact with employers face-to-face, and it’s the first time so many schools have linked up.”

Graham Bowd, chief executive of Careers Wales, said: "These sorts of challenges give school pupils the chance to develop a variety of extra-curricular skills that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to develop in their school classrooms. 

"With an equal ratio of boys and girls in each team, this task was particularly aimed at challenging gender stereotypes within the construction industry."

 

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