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Sadeh Lok

Housing group hosts ‘taster’ day for budding builders

Construction taster day for Bowling Park Primary kids

Construction taster day for Bowling Park Primary school kids

 Six pupils from Bowling Park Primary School have been given a ‘hands on’ taste of different building careers thanks to Incommunities.

At the event, held at the housing group’s Construction Training Centre, the boys and girls were given an insight into apprenticeships from some of Incommunities’ young trade apprentices and its training staff.

They also took part in an interactive quiz looking at the value of apprenticeships.

To round off the day the Year 6 pupils were set the challenge of making wooden planters for their school garden.

The visit formed part of the school’s GEM Passport Project, which is aimed at giving primary school children experience of different career opportunities with local businesses and the skills needed in the world of work.

Incommunities’ Construction Skills Team regularly work with schools and colleges to promote construction careers for boys and girls. Last year they ran a similar taster session involving Bowling Park Primary School.

Tony Thompson, Incommunities’ Construction Training Manager, said: "As an inclusive employer we were delighted to link up with Bowling Park Primary School again to promote apprenticeships.

"Inviting these students to our training centre and sharing our knowledge and skills has hopefully given them inspiration to start thinking about what they would like to do in years to come. At the end of our session many of them wanted to be builders!

"At Incommunities we firmly believe apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to build exciting and rewarding careers. Taking the vocational route is a real alternative to university and offers recruits the opportunity to earn as you learn!"

Fiona Phimister, Bowling Park School Development Co-ordinator, said: "Thanks to Incommunities, the children have been given a fantastic real life insight into working in construction.

"It’s great to see so many children experiencing different industries and work roles.

"Hopefully, this ‘taster day’ will lead to some of them applying for jobs with Incommunities in the next ten years."

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