Eighteen students from Tong Leadership Academy have become the latest young people to get a taste for construction with the help of Incommunities.
The Year 10 group had a go at different building skills including joinery, plastering, plumbing and electrical work during a visit to the housing group’s Construction Training Centre.
As part of the taster day they took part in a Q&A with Incommunities’ current Apprentice of the Year, Jordan Kitching and construction training staff looking at the skills needed to make it as a top apprentice.
They were also given tips on job search skills such as completing effective job applications and interview techniques.
Tony Thompson, Incommunities’ Construction Skills Training Manager, said: “We are always keen to encourage more young people from across communities to unleash their potential by exploring apprenticeship opportunities with us.
“The students from Tong Leadership Academy really impressed us with their enthusiasm and the feedback we have received shows this has been a valuable exercise in helping them explore their career options”.
Jo Wreford, Year 10 Student Progress Leader at Tong Leadership Academy, said: “The day was a great experience for the students and supported a number of them on their journey for future next steps.
“As a result of the experience, some students have changed their minds on their next steps and are definitely considering an apprenticeship as a possible option”.
The visit was organised in partnership with Tong Leadership Academy and Bradford Pathways, an initiative supported by Bradford Council.
Bradford Pathways brings together education, businesses, training organisations and industry experts to encourage young people to explore and achieve their career aspirations.
Mick Chandsoor, Bradford Pathways Officer at Bradford Council, said: “The Bradford Pathways team supports priorities in the Bradford Education Covenant, part of which promotes the collaboration between education, local businesses and the wider community to provide opportunities as we have seen with Incommunities.
“Incommunities have provided real life work experience for these Year 10 students and the breadth of learning and skills they demonstrated on the day was amazing.”
A few weeks ago, Incommunities’ construction training team ran a successful careers ‘taster’ for pupils from Bowling Park Primary School, supported by Bradford Pathways.