Budding Bradford Builders Schools Challenge

Three Bradford schools demonstrated their design and construction abilities as part of an Incommunities schools competition.

The Interbuild Skills event was held at the housing group’s Construction Training Centre and was attended by three upper schools: Tong High School, Carlton Bolling College, and Grange Technology College.

Its goal was to give students a hands-on experience working in the construction industry.

On the day, the aspiring builders worked in groups to put their design, construction, and marketing skills to the test in a practical exercise facilitated by Incommunities’ trade professionals and managers.

Six Tong High School students, including Jade Claughton and Summer Hill, built a dining room table. “We are doing joinery at school and worked out our design beforehand and then put the table together in just a few hours,” they explained. It’s been a pleasure to put our skills to use.”

Grange College created a single bed that converts to a double. “We prepared models and used these to create the full-size bed,” team member Thomas Gabor explained.

“It’s been fascinating to watch it unfold in front of you.” It’s also been fun to see what the other teams have been up to and meet them.”

Hashim Mahmood and his Carlton Bolling College Year 9 and 10 team built the largest structure of the day, an ornamental brick built garden viaduct. The team members are currently pursuing their Level 2 bricklaying qualifications. “It’s been great to apply the practical skills we’re learning and create this big garden feature,” Hashim said, “and it’s made me think about applying for an apprenticeship.”

To conclude the day, each team presented to a judging panel comprised of representatives from the Construction Industry Training Board and WISE – a national campaign to encourage more women to pursue careers in construction, science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing.

The overall standard was very high, and Carlton Bolling College was the eventual winner.

National Apprenticeship Week is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service to highlight the benefits of vocational training for individuals, businesses, and the economy.

Geraldine Howley, Group Chief Executive of Incommunities, stated, “We want to show that construction is open to all, and we are committed to engaging with more young people by working with local schools, the Construction Industry Training Board, and WISE.”

“Our annual Interbuild Skills competition is a fantastic way to raise awareness of construction opportunities and the importance of apprenticeships in developing a multi-skilled and diverse workforce.”

“It’s been fantastic to see these ‘budding builders’ inspired by the construction challenge,” said Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management.

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“It’s been a really rewarding day, and hopefully it’s gotten some of today’s participants started on their path to apprenticeship.” We might even see some of them join our own programme!”

“It’s been a great day and given these young people a valuable insight into what construction apprenticeships are all about,” said James Tilbrook, Apprenticeships Officer at the Construction Industry Training Board.

“We hope that this event will attract more new talent into the industry in the coming years, as well as raise awareness of the variety of trade careers available.”

“It’s been fantastic to see both boys and girls rising to the challenge of developing their designs,” said Shagufta Sharif, Communications Officer at WISE.

“There are numerous opportunities for women in construction, and events like this can be extremely motivating, especially when they see what is involved and the opportunities available.”

“Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain employability skills, and it’s encouraging to see companies like Incommunities invest in local talent.”

Last Updated on December 29, 2021


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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