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Primary School students get hands-on experience of the Construction Industry

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by Joe Hudson
CategoriesCommunity liaison Create opportunities Schools

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…


Digital Legacy

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Sophie Hambling
CategoriesCommunity liaison Universities

The Midlands Centre for Cyber Security project in Hereford has an extensive engagement programme with the University of Wolverhampton. One of the elements of the engagement is to make the most of the on site works by creating ‘On Site With’ videos that can be used by the Built Environment Courses for years to come; not only explain and demonstrate…


Construction Awareness Week

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Paul Vicario
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice CSCS Placements Residents Schools

Both children and parents of Newall Green Primary School had the opportunity to partake in Construction Awareness Week. Children from Year 1 through to Year 6 took part in fun construction related activities to help inspire them to consider construction as a future career. At the same time parents were taking part in our ‘into work training’. We delivered two…


On Site CITB Hub

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Adam Cannon
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Schools

Last year the Government awarded £1million in funding to partners in Nottingham to launch construction academies with Nottingham College. Partners from Nottingham College, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Jobs, Nottingham Futures, Wates Construction and the Woodhead Group launched the Building Skills for Construction project on Thursday 4 July 2019. The new CITB cabin has been installed within the…


STEM Activities for Summer Programme

Published 23 September 2019 | Written by Paul Vicario
CategoriesCareers advice Create opportunities Goodwill Residents Schools

As part of Manchester Youth Zone’s initiative to provide activities for local children over the summer, ENGIE offered to provide weekly STEM activities for the children with an emphasis on construction. The activities focused on using and developing soft transferable skills such as team work, working independently, problem solving and working to time frames, all important skills within the construction…


Aspirations Day at St Mary’s Primary School

Published 23 September 2019 | Written by Amy Barlow
CategoriesCareers advice Create opportunities Goodwill Residents Schools

In July 2019, Health & Safety Officer Amy and Assistant Company Director Laura from Barlow Construction & Renovation Ltd attended an ‘Aspirations day’ organised by St Mary’s Primary School in West Derby. The school was located within an area that the company had been working in and have previously provided support for. The day was centred on the children getting…


SPV Training Hub

Published 16 September 2019 | Written by Kate Whatley
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Create opportunities CSCS Placements Trade contractors Training

Roofing contractors SPV Group are taking its recruitment and training needs into its own hands by investing in a new training initiative at its premises in Walsall. Students have just enrolled at the company’s newly-built, dedicated training hub for up to 20 school leavers. Here young people are training to gain a 24-week Level 1 Introduction to Construction, with roofing-…


Community Hub

Published 19 August 2019 | Written by Phil Wray
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Create opportunities Schools

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,…


Pre-employment training for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Published 12 August 2019 | Written by Ushna Mughal
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities Disadvantaged groups Diversity Inclusion Personal development Qualifications Residents Schools Training

Mace Group, working alongside Ernest & Young Foundation, created a unique programme focusing on getting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds ready for work. There are a number of employability programmes in construction, however none focus on providing pre-employment training focusing on the leadership, resilience and soft skills needed to succeed in the construction industry. While construction companies are increasing working…


3Ts Redevelopment: Augmented Reality App

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Clients Programming

This was a joint promotion between the client and contractor. The 3Ts Redevelopment has been making good use of virtual reality (VR) for the last two years, and this has been for promotional purposes, as a way to orientate hospital staff to the new building well before it opens, and as a tool to encourage interest in construction careers amongst…


Ivor and Honor Goodsite’s Careers in Construction presentation

Published 23 July 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

One of the best ways to get children involved with the construction industry is through a school visit from Ivor and Honor Goodsite. These mascots are designed to engage with a younger audience and have previously been used to conduct presentations about site safety and our impact on the environment. A new presentation has now been developed that will teach…


Getting Involved with CBeebies

Published 22 July 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNurseries Schools

The site recently hosted a CBeebies programme called Maddie’s Do You Know, which wanted to film an episode aimed at informing very young people about how different things work. The programme has been aired and, as it is available on BBC iPlayer, will be available to view for a number of years. The site were approached by CBBC a few…


Design Engineer Construct!

Published 16 July 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities E-learning Personal development Schools Training Universities

‘Design Engineer Construct! (DEC) The Digital Built Environment’ is a new qualification that offers teachers and secondary school age children the opportunity to develop a range of skills crucial to successful engagement with technical and professional aspects of construction and the built environment. DEC is an accredited learning programme aimed at encouraging and inspiring the next generation of built environment…


Education Workshop Demonstrating Augmented Reality

Published 15 July 2019 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Schools Universities

As part of a range of education workshops, Balfour Beatty have developed an education workshop which specifically promotes the use of augmented reality (AR) in construction and includes young people in discussion about how future jobs will be shaped by new and emerging technologies. The workshops use the Balfour Beatty Innovation 2050 video as a basis for discussing what construction…


Encouraging the Next Generation

Published 1 July 2019 | Written by Ellie Walshe
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Colleges Disadvantaged groups Schools

mac-group’s Mountpark Baldonnell project team has partnered with a local school, Carline Learning Centre, which facilitates the education of young people aged between 13 and 17 who have been excluded from, or are no longer in, mainstream education. The school is privately funded and relies on funding from different organisations. The Mountpark Baldonnell site team carry out repair works for…