Engaging with Schools to Improve the Image of the Industry

Taking the time to engage with local schools is extremely valuable, in demonstrating the positive nature of the industry.

Such opportunities can help to encourage the younger generation to consider a career in construction, inspire people with varying skills and backgrounds into the industry, and help to improve the image of your site and the construction industry as a whole.

The Morgan Sindall site team engaged with the local school by implementing the following:

  • Maintained high levels of communication with the headteacher through the site manager visiting several times a week to touch base and find out if there was anything they need to know, such as times of exams;
  • At the start of the project they ran a school assembly with characters such as ‘Mr Safe T’ to educate the children about safety on and around a construction site;
  • Once a week two school children were invited onto the site to see what was going on;
  • The children created a monthly newsletter for the school about site progress;
  • School children were allowed to write their names on the steels used to create the building;
  • Bicycle racks and planters were created using old pallets;
  • A neighbour who was very against the project from the start was invited to the site for a chat and a cup of tea with the site manager, this local resident is now on side.

To find out more, watch the video below.

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Morgan Sindall, Norfolk, January 2015

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