Hundreds of school pupils tried their hands at a range of construction skills during a have-a-go event designed to inspire the tradesmen and women of the future.

New College Stamford teamed up with South Lincolnshire Group Training Association (SLGTA) to offer local school students the opportunity to explore the construction and motor mechanic trades in their brand new £3.5 million Construction and Motor Vehicle Skills Centre.

300 primary school and 170 secondary school students took part in a range of have-a-go activities including; plastering, tiling, painting and decorating, motor mechanics, surveying and creating a cable stay bridge.

Primary school students construct a cable bridge at Construction Skills Event at New College Stamford.

Primary school students construct a cable bridge.

Richard Brickwork, Head of Construction at New College Stamford said: “With a 10% increase in new homes every year and 76,000 new construction workers needed by 2020 due to retirement, it is important we sustain the future economy and give young people a taste of the different trades available to them in the construction, engineering and motor mechanic industries”.

“As well as having lots of fun, we hope that inviting students to have a go themselves in our new Construction and Motor Vehicle Skills Centre themselves will give them insight into a career they may have not considered before.

Steve Taylor, Group Training Officer for SLGTA, said: “The enthusiasm of the school students has been incredible – we have seen some genuine flair and talent in the different areas, with over 40 awards being presented to the children taking part”

“Hopefully, we have inspired some young people to go into the construction industry. There are excellent career opportunities out there for people who want them.”

If you would like a career in Construction or Motor Vehicle industries New College Stamford offer courses in Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical, Maintenance Operations, Motor Vehicle and Motor Cycle, Painting and Decorating and Plumbing.

Visit their brand new £3.5 million Construction and Automotive Skills Centre at their open evening on Thursday 3rd November from 5pm to 8pm.

Register online at www.stamford.ac.uk. For more information call 01780484311 or email enquries@stamford.ac.uk.

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