New College Stamford have teamed up with SLGTA (The South Lincolnshire Training Association) to inspire trades people of the future with a range of have-a-go construction activities.
Over 600 students from local secondary and primary schools took part in a range of activities including building straw and earth structures, renewable energies, cable-stayed bridge building, roofing techniques, civil engineering, immersive training simulators, design, trade skills, surveying, archaeology, specialist heritage work and more.
Director of Learning at New College Stamford, Gary McPartland said,
“From hosting a small group of students in 2006, with about 80 students, this event has grown a tremendous amount to now having over 600 primary and secondary school students engaging in the Construction opportunities at the college. It’s an exciting event, not just for the pupils attending but also for our students and staff who support it. As well as having lots of fun, we hope that inviting students to have a go themselves will give them insight into a career they may have not considered before.
We also have the support of many local employers and national construction companies, CITB, Prince Build, Prince Energy, Messenger Construction, Lindum Group, Aarsleff Ground Engineering, WJUK, Hill Holt Wood, Cambridge Science Centre, EMESS, Triangle Engineering, Arion Training and more. These employers support our full-time students throughout the academic year and allow us get our students outside of the college, into the industry giving them an encompassing experience of the construction technical skills and trades.”
The hugely successful annual event celebrates the working relationships and collaboration of not only schools and colleges, but local employers, students and tutors who all engage with supporting and delivering activities to the future of our construction workforce.
Plumbing Student, Jack Hudson said,
“I came to this event in Year 10 and it led on to completing my Level 2 Plumbing diploma now. I came here in their position and I feel really proud of my college for helping out and creating a future for the pupils here today”