Educating the Educators

In response to the CITB’s Educating the Educators Report, Shepherd Construction held a teacher training day aimed at increasing teachers knowledge of the careers available in the construction industry. The event was held in partnership with Durham Education & Business Partnership (EBP) and supported by the CITB.

The event was held at Shepherd’s £31.5m project to construct Hitachi Rail Europe’s new train manufacturing facility at Merchant Park, Newton Aycliffe. It was attended by 20 teachers and careers advisors from various schools and colleges across County Durham and the Tees Valley. The one day CPD course included a tour of the construction site to demonstrate the number of different trades working on large scale projects, followed by a presentation on the various careers available in construction and the various routes in to the industry. Allison Morris from the CITB concluded the day with a talk on the projected skills shortage in the industry and the various apprenticeships available in the north east.

Mark Kilcran, Planner at Shepherd said:

“We have received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees with many saying they would like to come back and see how the project has progressed before we complete. It just goes to show a little bit of exposure to the industry can generate a lot of interest.”

Sarah Tiplady, Business & Learning Coordinator at Durham EBP commented:

“We are very grateful for the support of Shepherd and the CITB, and we recognise the amount of time and effort that goes in to delivering CPD. The level of knowledge and enthusiasm from staff was evident and the involvement with schools is fantastic.”

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