Next generation fall in love with Construction at ‘Have a Go’ event
Following on from the successful collaborative volunteering day with Growing in the City last year, the NWCH Social Value SIG were open to working together again on other events. BAM Construction had an idea to replicate Manchester City Council’s ‘Have a Go’ event from 2015 at Manchester Central with a strong construction theme focus.
To make the event a success, it was paramount to seek support from the NWCH, its contractors and supply chain to ensure that an array of activities and professionals were available on the day for attendees. The event at The Factory Youth Zone on Valentines day, was aimed at Primary and Secondary Schools and community groups gave visitors the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at trade demonstrations such as joinery, bricklaying, painting and decorating whilst getting a glimpse into the future with our Digital Construction experience. The attendees also had the opportunity to speak to training providers and professionals about careers and apprenticeships in the industry. Primary and Secondary School students were also offered STEM engagement activities to show that these subjects can be fun and to consider careers in this field.
The purpose of the event was to promote careers in construction, change preconceptions of the industry and to help those looking for training and employment opportunities.
We have received some fantastic feedback from teachers of the schools attending and staff at the Factory Youth Zone. All the contractors and people who supported this event were fantastic. On the back of this we have been asked to replicate this in South Manchester and Central Manchester which we will be organising shortly.
The following schools attended:
Manchester Community Academy
Harpurhey Alternative Provision
“The Factory Youth Zone construction trip was amazing! As soon as we got there, I wasn’t too sure if it would be interesting but I really learnt a lot. I absolutely loved the trip, but I was sad I didn’t get to wear the overalls!”
“I liked my trip because some of the jobs require you to use maths and that is my favourite subject.”
“I really enjoyed Youth Zone, the best part was using the VR and feeling like I was in a different place!” Pupils from Mount Carmel Primary School