BLBW Ambassadors build their skills in timed challenge

Published Thursday 6 June 2019 in Sheffield

Better Learners Better Workers Ambassadors from Sheffield Park Academy and Chaucer School successfully completed their second school workshop this week as part of the Better Learners Better Workers programme.

Haydn Tomlinson, from Keepmoat Homes, and John Clephan, from Sheffield Housing Company, ran the sessions. They tasked the students with building a 4m tall tetrahedron, also known as a triangular pyramid. The 3D model was made from 60cm pieces of dowel and elastic bands. To make it even more challenging, the two teams completed the construction under timed conditions.

The first step the Ambassadors faced was building a single tetrahedron out of six lengths of wood following printed instructions. Once the groups had mastered this, they repeated the step and eventually constructed 64 individual tetrahedra which were fastened together to create the final structure.

The purpose of the session was to emulate a real-world construction project where the teams would plan a method of construction, designate job roles, support each other and complete certain stages of the build against tight deadlines.

The Ambassadors used their communication and teamwork skills, implement lessons learned from their previous workshops and present back what worked well and what could have been improved.

Stephen Arundel, Sector Lead for Construction and the Built Environment, said: “In the short time that these Ambassadors have been working together, they’ve developed phenomenally as a team. This task is challenging at the best of times but under time pressured conditions in relatively small group sizes they worked impressively, showing a work ethos that most employers would be proud of.

“These skills and qualities that the Ambassadors have displayed here will go on to support them in the future when applying for jobs once they have left school.”

The next session for the Ambassadors will be a visit to the Eclipse Housing Site on Harborough Avenue where they will take part in some practical construction challenges on a live site with construction professionals.

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