As part of our Year 11 coaching programme funded by Mercers’ Company, students from Ark Walworth School visited a local Hill Group housing development.
The development site is part of a wider regeneration scheme in partnership with Southwark council to deliver 3,500 new homes, 50% of affordable housing. The project will also create a community facility and a new public open space for everyone to enjoy.
Our Year 11 students have been taking part in a range of informative sessions aimed at equipping them with the necessary employability skills needed to progress into their next best step. The visit began with a presentation from the site manager, who informed the students about the current community project, and the construction industry. The students were able to ask any burning questions they had and connect with the professionals on the ground! After the students were kitted up with all their safety equipment – feeling like real professionals, they were then taken on a whistle stop tour of the extensive site.
The young men were shown everything from ground work to electrical installation and kitchen fitting. This invaluable experience of seeing the different trades in action gave them an insight into the incredible breath of the opportunities avaliable to them, many of whom had never been on a site before!
One of our students took a particular interest in the crane operations, Hill group professionals explained how the crane works and emphasised that it’s not a role for the faint hearted! A real standout moment for the group was talking to a plasterer who was using stilts to plaster the wall. They were amazed at his balance and were really inspired by his skill.At the end of an exciting day, the students had the opportunity to speak to two young professionals who had recently joined industry. They offered their guidance and experience to give some top tips about entering the world of construction.
Construction Youth Trust would like to thank Hill Group and all the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to inform our students and give them such a brilliant tour!