Primary School Students get Hands On Experience of the Construction Industry

Pupils from Central Walker Primary School got the opportunity to learn how to build bird boxes and how to build the perfect brick walls as they visited staff on the site of the Wharrier Street development in Newcastle, which is just down the road from their school.

Eight students got the opportunity to talk to members of staff about their own careers in the industry and were then taught how to become bricklayers by building their own miniature brick walls under the watchful eye of Site Operative Bob Ferguson, who gave them a quick demonstration before allowing them to build their own walls.

They also got the chance to build their own bird boxe,s which gave them an introduction into joinery by assembling a pre-cut bird box kit.

Both exercises along with a Q&A session helped give them an introduction into the construction industry and what roles might be open to them in the future. It certainly went down well, with nine-year-old Mohamed stating: “I want to be a builder when I’m older, I really liked building the wall and it was fun building the bird boxes.”

The site team also enjoyed getting to share their expertise with potentially their future work colleagues.

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