Southwark students experience a construction workplace with local employer Travis Perkins!

As part of our Building Brighter Futures programme, funded by Southwark Council’s Positive Futures fund, a group of Year 8 and 9 students from Compass School and Bacon’s College got an insight into what it’s really like to work on a construction project when they visited the site of local construction company Travis Perkins.

The programme sees students take part in a range of both online and face-to-face sessions that introduce them to a wide range of construction careers, inspiring them to see how their classroom learning can be applied to the workplace. Sessions are supported by relatable role models from local construction companies, there to give a real-life insight into the day-to-day of a construction role.

Across 3 months, the students will apply what they have learnt to their own construction project, based on a brief of designing a wellbeing space for their school. The teams have been considering factors such as design and cost, and have even pitched their ideas in professional-style presentations to their school faculty to get permission to go ahead with their builds!

Once given the green light for their projects, the teams made a visit to local employer Travis Perkins. Having costed the price of their materials, both groups of students arrived determined to barter for a half-price discount to stay within budget!

All of the students impressed with their levels of professionalism during their trips to Travis Perkins. They demonstrated fantastic negotiation skills, and both teams managed to haggle down to a hair’s breadth away from their fifty percent goal.

"The students all made a real effort to immerse themselves in the procurement and negotiation process. They conducted themselves in the correct manner at all times and should be proud of themselves." – Jamie Carter, Branch Manager at Travis Perkins Peckham

Being able to provide an immersive experience of a workplace in this way is such a fantastic means of reengaging students’ with their learning and widening their career horizons. The teams are now looking forward to building their benches, which will be donated to their schools as a lasting legacy of community support!