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Coventry youngsters gauge progress on construction site return visit

Published Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Youngsters from Howes Primary visited the BAM Construct UK site to see progress on the £37m state of the art Coventry University Science and Health Building.

Howes primary children

In the summer of last year, an enthusiastic class of Year 5 students from Howes was one of the first groups to visit the site to find out about what the building was going to be, how it was being built and, to get an insight into the types of careers there are in the industry.

The visit was organised as part of BAM’s commitment to linking education to employment and some of the same children - now in Year 6 - came back to see the progress.

Phil Eaves, Education and Skills Co-ordinator for BAM, talked students through the construction process and revealed examples of how the finished build would look and explained the type of teaching that would take place inside.

The young learners heard about the state of the art mock hospital ward where university students will diagnose dummy patients, as well as the indoor running track to monitor athletes during exercise. He rounded the visit off with a tour around the site to see first-hand how much had progressed.

Phil said: “Engaging with schools in this way allows the children to learn about, and feel a part of what is going on in their city. It also links the curriculum in a way that is visual to the pupil and in a 'real world' situation and can help to inspire young people to consider a broader and more ambitious range of career options.”

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, said: “It is vital that young people in our schools have a good understanding of the range of career options available to them and an awareness of the skills that will be required for particular careers. 

“The provision of site visits for our school pupils helps them make informed choices on a preferred, chosen, skilled career path and makes the transition from education to employment that much smoother - it’s an innovative and exciting way to get young people interested in construction careers.”

Rebecca Bollands, Deputy Head at Howes School, added: “We are delighted to continue working with BAM which supports our two year European project based on entrepreneurship and preparing our pupils for future careers. Our pupils have been very excited about going to back to the site and learning about jobs in construction. This opportunity will raise both standards and aspirations." 

In addition to their work with schools, BAM are committed to taking on local suppliers and local employees, and are an enthusiastic supporter of the Coventry and Warwickshire Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme which supports local young apprentices into the construction industry. 

Two apprentices have been recruited via the scheme to work on the site and they were around to help with the visit by Howes School. 

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