As part of our work supporting the local community, the Communications Team ran a number of workshops for pupils from Inverurie and Blackburn Academies. The workshops were designed to encourage young people into the construction industry and give them a small taster of what civil engineering entails.
These workshops included an overview of the current project and what is involved, risk assessment, method statements, estimating, identifying buried cables, manual handling, engineering-setting out for a building, mixing concrete and material testing.
The workshops were held in our purpose built community hub where we provided lunch, refreshments and all pupils were provided with PPE to carry out relevant tasks and activities.
Here is some feedback from the pupils:
Keris: “I liked going outside and drawing out the plan for the house with the chalk because we all got involved and had a turn. I would have liked to go outside and see the equipment and materials used for the train tracks.”
Jack: “I enjoyed making the cement and finding out what goes into it and how long it takes to harden”
Olivia: “I liked being more active and making cement as it was fun. I would have liked to do more active stuff than doing writing, like using the machines.”
David: “learning how to test concrete and using the CAT scanner.”
All students were awarded a certificate for attending the workshop, and given a reference of recommendation for future employment.
To support future employment BAM be attended a day at Blackburn Academy’s apprentice week, manning a stall to present opportunities in construction.