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Construction 'taster' days for school children

Posted Wednesday 4th October 2017

A team from Lindum Plant helped give school children a taste of job opportunities in the construction industry during an event at the Lincolnshire Showground this week.

Pupils from 45 different schools are turning their hands to a range of tasks, including joinery, tile making and JCB driving, as part of Construction Week.

Between Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 4th, more than 1,200 local school children are expected to visit the Showground to take part in the Construction “Hands-on” Taster Events.

The activities have been organised by Lincoln Group Training Association (LGTA), in partnership with The EBP and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Dozens of local companies are involved too, including Lindum, which established the first event in 2003 ago and is still heavily involved in the annual event today.

Among the first children to get stuck into the activities on offer were pupils from Chestnut Street CofE Primary School in Ruskington, near Sleaford. They joined Lindum employees for lessons in digger driving and surveying.

Child and Family Support Worker Pauline Fry said: “This is the third year our school has taken part in this event and we think it’s fantastic.

“The children really enjoy coming and when they get back to school, they are bursting to tell their classmates what they’ve been up to.

“It really puts a spark into learning for them. Last year, one of our pupils won a medal for all the questions he asked. He was on cloud nine for days afterwards.”

Year six pupil Caitlyn added: “I really enjoyed measuring and laying all the equipment out. It was like doing a big puzzle – and I love puzzles!

“I would normally be doing maths and English at school and I’ve enjoyed this much more.”

The event is free for schools to attend and is directed at young people between Year 6 and Year 13. There is also a special session for people who are not in education, employment or training.

During the day, participants are guided through the activities by professionals working in the Industry and have the chance to try out different disciplines, while talking to the group leaders about how they got into the industry and what it is like on a day to day basis.

Lindum’s Bids and Marketing Coordinator Dan Clark says he remember attending the event when he was a Year 8 pupil at Welton’s William Farr School. He said he has fond memories of the day.

“It was brilliant. We got to do all kinds of things that we wouldn’t usually get to do,” he said.

“Plus, it was the first time I heard of Lindum – and now I work here.”

The three-day event will finish with a careers fair and employment advice session for young people.

Six people from Lindum attend the event each day, along with Steve from TCH, which lends us the diggers.

Training and Development manager Sara Hobson said: “This is fantastic opportunity for school children to try out construction as a potential future career. We need more people in the industry and this is a fun way to promote it.”