Giving children insight into construction at two Nottinghamshire schools were given a glimpse into the world of construction and engineering thanks to local homebuilder Barratt Homes North Midlands and CITB.

The developer visited South Wolds Academy and South Nottinghamshire Academy to bring an accredited, hands-on activity that tested students’ creative abilities. The Sustainable Communities activity had students planning, designing, and marketing a housing development, and demonstrated vital aspects of the homebuilding trade to them.

Best new homebuilders

Mark Furness, Project Manager for Barratt Homes North Midlands, declared, “We’re always on the lookout for the best new homebuilders, and we think this activity, which is part of the CREST Challenge, is a great way to show young people what goes into building new homes.”

The winning groups from both schools will attend the Cotgrave Strategic Board, run by Rushcliffe Borough Council, later in the year, where they will have the chance to present their work to the Board.

STEM subjects

Meg Hankinson, CITB Midlands Strategic Partnership Advisor, expressed pleasure in, “Supporting a scheme that is dedicated to encouraging uptake and interest in STEM subjects.

“Many students don’t know how Maths and Science subjects are used in construction so it’s a great opportunity to demonstrate this first hand. It’s an innovative and exciting way to get young people interested in construction careers and make clear those connections.”

Hollygate Park

Barratt Homes North Midlands is the lead developer of a local brown field development in Cotgrave called Hollygate Park, which is bringing new homes, community investment and jobs to the area. The homebuilders gave a presentation to the students about Hollygate Park and the different types of work that have gone into its planning, designing and development.

Dan Philpotts, Head Teacher at South Nottinghamshire Academy, felt that, “This was a great way of getting students interested in the world of work, and putting their academic skills to good use.”

Andrew George, Head Teacher at South Wolds Academy, said, “At South Wolds we aim to provide the very best careers education for all of our students and the work with Barratt Homes will help us in doing this. 

“Our community is very excited about the new housing development in Cotgrave and this is a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the industry and how they can contribute to creating a sustainable future for us all.”

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