BLBW Ambassadors explore construction development on site visit
Better Learners Better Workers Ambassadors from Sheffield Park Academy attended their first construction site visit to the Prince’s Gardens housing development in Sheffield.
Vicky Penn, Planning Officer from Sheffield City Council, talked to the group about the intricacies and challenges of planning a large housing development. This included house aesthetics, drainage, neighbourhood safety and emergency services access.
The Ambassadors were then challenged on their teamwork as they completed group activities which were followed by a tour around the housing development.
The development show home was then opened to the students, where they met with the Keepmoat Sales Manager who showed the Ambassadors around and discussed the interior décor options that are available when buying a home. This included looking at some technical drawings of the houses and what goes into each individual build. The Ambassadors also heard about how the Developers can support first time buyers and what challenges the Sales Team faced on a daily basis.
The visit was a great example of the different activities the Ambassadors take part in as part of the Better Learners Better Workers Programme.
John Clephan, Director of Sheffield Housing Company, who organised the day, said: “These Ambassadors are the future of the construction industry. In the next 6 to 8 years we’ll start seeing a national skills shortage in construction. This paired with a rising population and the need for thousands of new homes and housing improvements presents a real issue. School students don’t grow up thinking ‘I want to be a Planning Officer or a Show Home Designer or a Site Administrator’. The Better Learners Better Workers Programme is designed to show the Ambassadors the options and careers available to them in construction aside from the usual brickwork and labouring.”