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Countdown to 10th National Construction Week, 5-12 October

National Construction Week (NCW), the campaign which aims to give young people the chance to get hands-on experience of the career opportunities in today’s construction industry, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

In 2005 over 68,500 young people took part in 350 NCW events across the UK. It is hoped that NCW 2006 will go further in enthusing young people about construction careers and really illustrating that there’s far more to the industry than ‘blokes, bricks and bums’. Events taking place around the country include:

‘Eco-challenges’, with young people designing and constructing models of environmentally friendly homes;

Traditional craft workshops to highlight the importance of heritage skills in maintaining the UK’s historic buildings;

A ‘build a house in a day’ challenge for A-Level students, which will illustrate the vast array of elements that go into a house; and

A debate on global warming and the built environment, to show how construction can reduce its impact on the world around us.

This year NCW will take place from 5 - 12 October. Karen Patrick, CITB-ConstructionSkills NCW Project Manager, commented: “For companies who would like to get involved but don’t have the time or resources to organise a separate event, many of the activities that take place would benefit from the support of local construction companies in the form of sponsorship, man power and materials.

“The success of NCW depends on as many construction companies, organisations, schools and colleges getting involved and offering opportunities for young people to experience construction. If you’re interested in becoming involved, please call 01509 283 174”

For more information about events happening in your area, log on to www.ncw.org.uk

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