06/12/2011 - Trade Taster for Wolverhampton Teens

Eighty youngsters from schools across Wolverhampton got a taste for working in the construction trade at a special event at City of Wolverhampton College.

Organised by Wolverhampton Homes,  its Decent Homes Partners and Carillion (Wolverhampton BSF), the event for 15- and 16-year-olds aimed to get them interested in a career in construction and help them develop their practical skills.

Taster sessions in everything from painting and decorating to brick work and plumbing were held so the teenagers could get real, hands-on experience of the industry.

Following the sessions they also had the opportunity to pick up careers advice and put their questions to experts from the industry.

Experts were on hand from ConstructionSkills, National Skills Academy for Construction and Decent Homes partners Bullock, Frank Haslam Milan and Thomas Vale who all lent their support to the event on Friday 25 November.  

Shazad Ahmed, Project Skills Co-ordinator at Wolverhampton Homes, said: “Many people are inspired by a certain career path at a young age and we wanted to use this event to show them the variety and opportunities that can come from working in the construction industry.

“By the end of the day, the students’ perceptions of construction had changed and they really enjoyed the practical activities.  

“The industry is vital to our local economy and we need to be talking to the talent of the future now. It was great to see so many come forward and get advice on the day – hopefully they will go on to a career in construction.”