Posted:7th March, 2017

Budding builders inspired by Russells visit

The future of construction is looking bright if a recent visit to St Vincents school is anything to go by. Children at the Norden primary school welcomed visitors from Russell Homes and learned all about how houses are built and how they too can work in construction.

Russell Homes, Greenbooth Village, St Vincents Primary School

The enthusiastic Year 6 pupils enjoyed an interactive presentation from health and safety manager Roger Fitton, before firing questions at him about working in the construction industry. They even got chance to try on hard hats and high visibility jackets, just like the professional builders many of the youngsters have seen working up at the nearby Greenbooth Village.

And when asked how many wanted to work in construction when they’re older, more than half of the class eagerly raised their hands. “It was great to see so much enthusiasm from the children who were only 10 and 11,” said Roger. “There were as many girls as boys which is really encouraging, and we’d love to see all of them progress into the industry. I think some were surprised at just how many different career options there are, both on site and in the office, and that degree or high level qualifications are required. Hopefully we’ll see some of them applying for positions with us in a few years’ time.”

Inspiring the next generation of construction professionals is one of the reasons behind the visit, along with the slightly more serious health and safety warnings, encouraging youngsters not to play on building sites. This is particularly timely coming just before the school holidays. “Building sites are dangerous places but they are also notorious for attracting young people. If nothing else we want the children to take away this important warning and stay away from construction work wherever they come across it,” added Roger.

The children enjoyed planning a housebuild with flashcards, and will now be designing their own dream home as part of a competition to see their work on display at Greenbooth Village. The winning pupil’s artwork will be unveiled to the public at the showhome launch on March 25.

Eleven-year-old Isabella Fox was one of those inspired by the visit, and enjoyed donning the hard hat and vest. She said: “I love building things with my Lego at home and I was looking forward to the talk because I’ve always wanted to do it as a job.”

And Henrik Roach, 10, added: “It was really interesting to hear about how things are built and that we have to stay away from construction sites because they are very dangerous.”

Deborah Gillan, deputy head of St Vincents, said: “It is wonderful for the children to have the chance to meet real professionals and hear about the different jobs and career opportunities which might be of interest to them in the future. The presentation was very informative and I was so impressed with the children’s questions. I think we have a few budding builders here at St Vincents.”

The winning artwork will be on display in the sales centre at Greenbooth Village when the showhome is launched to the public on March 25. The winning artist will be invited for a tour of the site and the showhome, and will receive £30 in Amazon vouchers.

The enthusiastic Year 6 class at St Vincent De Paul in Norden