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Laying foundations for builders at Beechcliffe School
4:04pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Budding young builders from Beechcliffe School have been given a hands-on taster of the world of construction.
The day was organised by housing association Incommunities and the Xperience Team – part of Children’s Services at Bradford Council – to promote careers in the building sector.
Older pupils had a go at joinery, plumbing, plastering and electrical work in specially set up training ‘rigs’ in the main hall and classrooms.
They were guided by experienced trades operatives and managers. Friday’s event also included talks about careers in construction and the importance of health and safety.
Catherine Halliwell, from Bradford Council, said: “These events are so important for raising student aspirations and building links with employers.”
Jez Lester, Incommunities assistant chief executive in asset management, said: “Our staff have been really looking forward to going back to school to pass on their expertise to the youngsters.
“As a major equal opportunities employer, we also want to show the construction sector is open to all.”
Beechcliffe assistant headteacher, Richard Malir, said: “We’re delighted staff from Incommunities are sharing their expertise with our students.
“It gives the children a real taster into the world of work and the different construction skills there are.”
Beechcliffe student Siddeqa Din, 18, tries her hand at plastering (above) with Andrew Delahaye of Incommunities.