Launch of new Construction and Built Environment Programme for South Yorkshire teenagers
A new scheme supported by Keepmoat Homes and Sheffield Housing Company to give teenagers from South Yorkshire schools an insight into the construction and built environment industry was launched on Monday 11 February at the prestigious Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield.
Year 10 students from two Sheffield schools, Chaucer and Sheffield Park Academy, are participating in the first one-year programme. They will find out about the wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry and build their employment skills such as communication, resilience and critical thinking.
Activities will include visits to construction and built environment employers to learn about the kind of jobs available in the industry, as well as visits to real construction sites to learn about the latest construction methods. A series of workshops will focus on the job application process, team building and other workplace skills.
The scheme is part of the Better Learners Better Workers programme which gives secondary-school-age young people insight into careers and builds their work-related skills. The scheme was designed by employers and is supported in Sheffield by the Cutlers’ Company with Sheffield City Council, but also operates across South Yorkshire with other partners. A unique factor is the focus on specific industry sectors so young people can follow their interests.
The new construction sector programme is being sponsored by two major construction employers, Keepmoat Homes and Sheffield Housing Company, funding places for students from Chaucer and Sheffield Park Academy.
Interviewed at the launch, Haydn Tomlinson from Keepmoat Homes said, “There is a huge demand for young talent in the construction industry with thousands of new jobs predicted in Yorkshire alone over the next few years. That’s why the Better Learners Better Workers programme is so important, helping to engage young people with these opportunities and show them what the modern construction industry is really like. We’re proud at Keepmoat Homes to be involved.”
John Clephan from the Sheffield Housing Company said, “We are committed to helping young people in Sheffield to get the best possible opportunities for progressing into our industry. We could see that this programme was an ideal way of doing that, helping to build young people’s confidence and skills but also giving them real experiences of the workplace. It’s great to see the enthusiasm of the young people who are here at the launch tonight.”
To find out more about the Better Learners Better Workers construction programme, please visit our website.