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ConstructionSkills’ Coaching Scheme gets pupils out and about to learn about the industry

Following the launch of the ConstructionSkills’ Coaching Scheme by CIC (Construction Industry Council) last autumn, the pupils selected for the pilot have been taking part in a regular programme of activities…

This scheme aims to provide pupils with the opportunity to learn about the wide range of professional careers available in the industry from a local Built Environment professional – who becomes their “coach”. Pupils meet their coach on a monthly basis to find out about what their role involves and what projects they are currently working on. This is complemented by a number of external visits and practical activities.

In December 2006, 20 pupils from Eastlea Community School in Newham were given a VIP tour of the exhibition at the Building Centre in London. This included a tour of the highly popular scale model of London by the Building Centre’s curator. The pupils were particularly interested in learning about the different products on show which are specified in the construction industry. Two more visits are planned for April 2007 to Canary Wharf and a housing development in Bermondsey, South London.

Pupils also take part in a number of practical activities which allow them to try their hand at skills important to professionals. Recently pupils were given the Morrison City planning challenge, which asks them to design the layout of a new development including all roads and services in small teams. Each team made a short presentation about their scheme to their coach and other pupils.

At the recent half yearly review of the scheme, the pupils gave the pilot scheme very positive feedback and CIC is currently looking at expanding this scheme into other schools in autumn 2007.

For more information about this scheme and other ConstructionSkills activities being developed by CIC in Greater London and the South East please contact Janette Welton-Pai (Tel 020 7399 7404, ).

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