Thousands of students enjoy Lincoln Construction Week

From 3-5 October 2017, the Lincolnshire Showground was a hive of activity as more than 1,200 Lincolnshire pupils enjoyed Lincoln Construction Week, taking part in a host of construction challenges ranging from operating mini diggers to constructing a bridge.

The event, organised by The Lincoln Group Training Association (LGTA), in partnership with The EBP and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), was held to give years 6 to 9 students from Lincolnshire schools a “taste” of the variety of careers available in the construction industry.

Over the three days, pupils took part in over 30 different activities, ranging from brickwork, plastering and joinery, to road-marking, plumbing and first-aid.

More than 30 local businesses and organisations participated in the free event, working with 45 different primary and secondary schools from in and around Lincoln, guiding pupils through the activities. Pupils had the opportunity to try out a variety of disciplines, and were also able to question the activity leaders about working in the industry and their day-to-day duties.

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire based construction firm Hobson & Porter took part in the event, co-ordinating a maths in construction activity which aimed to provide an insight into the technology and mathematics involved in the activities of a site engineer in the construction industry.

Dave Blades, Business Development Director for Hobson & Porter, said: “2017 was our third year taking part in Lincoln Construction Week and we have really enjoyed being part of it again. All the pupils that have taken part in our maths in construction activities have responded really well and shown a real enthusiasm for learning about the techniques we use.

“Lincoln Construction Week is just one of many events we have been involved with as part of our Foundations initiative, which we have created to address the skills shortage in the industry by collaborating with other organisations and supply chains, to help educate and inspire young people into considering a career in construction.”

Pupils that took part in the event were able to try their hands at a variety of activities that would be performed on construction sites, including driving mini diggers, bridge building, surveying and many more. The events took place across various parts of the Lincolnshire Showground throughout the three-day period.

Ian Randall, Group Training Officer for the Lincoln Group Training Association (LGTA), said: “We have been holding Lincoln Construction Week for 15 years and each year the event has grown bigger and bigger. The key aim of the event is to increase brand awareness for construction – switching pupils on to the industry to make it a viable career option for them.

“To achieve this, the event has to be interesting and engaging enough for schools to get involved. We’re extremely grateful to the organisations that give up their time and resources to make the event happen, this year they have helped make it our most successful event yet.

“Although we are supported and funded by the CITB, to continue hosting the event and increasing the size and scale of it, we are seeking a sustainable partner for sponsorship. The event is held by the industry, for the industry, and we want to continue promoting the fantastic opportunities available to young people in our region.”

Paula Bailey, Schools Team Leader for The EBP, said: “Lincoln Construction Week is about building relationships between local schools and businesses, engaging young people in work activities and raising aspirations about construction for those who may not previously have thought about it as a career path.

“The event continues to grow in popularity and this year we hosted more schools than ever. It's a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn real skills and take part in activities that give a flavour of the workplace, and for the schools to build contacts with local employers to help with their careers services."

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