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Students gain first-hand experience of construction site

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Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities

David Beeden from Morthyng (left) and Keepmoat Project Manager Gerry Doherty (right) with the youngsters from Maltby Academy David Beeden from Morthyng (left) and Keepmoat Project Manager Gerry Doherty (right) with the youngsters from Maltby Academy

School pupils enjoyed a taste of the world of work when they paid a visit to a live construction site operated by national housing and regeneration specialist Bramall Construction, part of Keepmoat.

Year 9 pupils from Maltby Academy in Rotherham were given a guided tour of the construction site at New Lodge in Barnsley where 38 new two and three bedroom homes are currently being built on behalf of Yorkshire Housing.

The visit was organised as part of a pre-vocational course to prepare them for the world of work - and will help the youngsters as they study towards a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Work-Skills qualification with training organisation Morthyng.

Keepmoat site manager Gerry Doherty gave the group of 16 youngsters aged 13-14 an introductory talk on life on the site, and guided them through exercises based around working as a team, problem solving and workplace safety.

David Beeden of Morthyng said: “Visiting a real construction site gave this group of young people a fascinating insight into the world of work. It’s all part of a pre-vocational course aimed at better preparing our young people for life in the workplace. And there’s nothing like getting out and experiencing things first hand.

“One of their options this year will be to choose construction as a module as they go on to study their BTEC qualification.  Keepmoat’s contribution was invaluable in bringing important aspects of the course to life including working in a team, solving work related problems and safety in the workplace.”

Gerry Doherty of Keepmoat said: “It was a pleasure to host this interested and enthusiastic group of young people at one of our construction sites. We hope it provided a good introduction of a real life workplace and to how the construction sector works.

“The construction industry in general needs to do more to reach out to young people to get them interested in jobs in the sector. We hope this went some way to helping achieve this - by showing young people what opportunities are available and the types of work involved.”

The youngsters will return to the site to see how it has progressed later this month.

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