Young people encouraged to get into construction jobs

Fri 8 November 2019, 1:18 pm

An annual event to encourage young people to work in the construction industry was held at the £600m Acton Gardens regeneration site in Ealing.

In its second year the occasion was held by developers Countryside and L&Q at the South Acton Estate, giving schoolchildren the chance to pick up new skills through interactive workshops.

The unique insight into the construction industry held in October was offered to 60 students from Twyford High School and West Thames College, who learned about a number of trades. The pupils got a taster of professions such as carpentry, brickwork, plumbing, engineering and architecture.

The students were also given a tour of Acton Gardens, giving them behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest regeneration schemes in west London.

The site will offer more than 3,400 homes and community facilities that will be delivered across the 52-acre site.

Mike Woolliscroft, managing director for Partnerships South (West), Countryside, said: “Following the success of the inaugural Acton Gardens construction event last year, we are proud to have built on this by hosting an even bigger event this year, opening up the opportunity to West Thames College as well as Twyford High School.

“It is vital that young people are made aware of the rewarding career opportunities available in the construction industry, whether that’s as a trade, architect or engineer, and at Countryside we’re proud to be spreading the word.”

Countryside was supported at the event by CTP Engineers, AQP Architects, Orchard Plumbing, Lee Marley Brickwork and TC Carpentry.

Woolliscroft added: “The industry is always looking for talent and cultivating the next generation of professionals is part of our commitment to developing and creating futureproof communities. We’d also like to thank our supply chain partners for helping to inspire the next generation.”

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