The Build Your Future programme aims to connect employers and mentors within the construction industry to secondary schools across the country, to co-deliver the following modules:
An Introduction to the Built Environment and Construction
This activity aims to develop young people's understanding of the built environment and construction around us, alongside the relevance of technology and sustainability in construction.
Creating Great Places and the Jobs that Make it Happen
Construction jobs don't always include physical labour. The construction industry also needs leaders, designers, administrative staff and more. Through these lessons, young people will have a greater understanding of the variety of roles available within the construction sector and the routes and pathways to achieve them.
The Repurposing Challenge asks young people to identify a disused building in their local community and reimagine it for another use. This project is split into six tasks/lessons.
Skills demonstrations are mini workshops of different trades and are delivered by industry partners. Skills demonstrations typically have 3 to 6 trades/industry roles being demonstrated through workshops, and young people rotate round each of them. It is recommended that groups of 5 pupils attend each workshop at a time, and the workshops last 20 minutes each.
Feedback from DYW Forth Valley suggests the Build Your Future pilot was successful in inspiring young people to learn more about the varied roles available in construction, as Michelle Carr (Programme Lead for Stirling and Clackmannanshire) stated:
"DYW Forth Valley was delighted to welcome experts from the Construction Industry into our Stirling schools as part of the Build Your Future pilot programme. Pupils embraced the opportunity to learn about the many and varied careers this growing industry has to offer. The mini skills masterclasses offered a highly interactive experience that enabled the pupils to get a feel for and practice, the skills required for some of these roles, as well as giving them an informal environment in which to ask questions about the industry, the pathways, and the opportunities."
Pupils from St. Modan's High School working with Veitchi Charity Fund (left) and TICA (middle, right)
We look forward to hearing many more success stories now that the programme has been launched nationally. Could your business or organisation get involved to educate and inspire the next generation of construction workers? Or could your pupils benefit from learning about the construction sector through industry experts? Visit the Build Your Future page or contact your local Regional Group for more information.
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