Pupils at a school in Keyworth have been given a glimpse into the world of construction and engineering thanks to a competition supported by local homebuilder Barratt Homes North Midlands.
Children at South Wolds Academy were asked to present their ideas for a 10-home housing development to officers and members of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cotgrave Town Council and the developer, following a four-month programme which gave them an insight into the industry.
Team Perspective Property were announced as the winners of the competition by councillor Andy Edyvean and the housebuilder’s managing director Chris Southgate, after they were impressed by their sustainable designs.
The developer has committed to deliver employment and skills opportunities in Rushcliffe and has teamed up with Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver the CREST challenge, which has now been completed for 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018 at the local school.
Staff at Barratt Homes recently visited the school to talk to students about the variety roles of available in the construction industry and they were then asked to take part in the challenge.
Matt Horridge, technical manager for Barratt Homes North Midlands, who is also responsible for overseeing the delivery of such partnerships, said: “By working with our partners on schemes such as CREST, and by engaging with students at an early age, we aim to encourage more young people to consider a career in construction and we look forward to working with the school again next year.”
Masahiko Inufusa, Geography teacher at South Wolds Academy, said: “The winning team (Perspective Property) and runners-up (Fibonacci) for the sustainable housing project presented their fantastic designs to the council and Barratt Homes.
“Both teams carried out their presentation in a very professional manner and managed to answer some tricky questions asked by the audience.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to work as a team and gain insights into the construction industry.
“The students enjoyed the challenge and were very enthused to present to the industry experts. They were great ambassadors for the school, well done.”