Setting the context of construction for young people
Cardiff Commitment’s Open Your Eyes Week provided Bouygues UK with the chance to deliver two Junior Aspirations sessions with Year 5 and 6 pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School. These interactive sessions aim to provide context of the construction industry relative to the pupils’ learning and highlight the many careers paths and breadth of jobs within the industry.
Through the Cardiff Commitment initiative, a Bouygues UK Building Aspirations session held with a cluster of Years 10 and 11 pupils at Cathays High School. This was an initial introduction to the world of construction, which also covered the technical and digital side of the industry. Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Augmented Reality were used to highlight new developments and job roles within construction.
Stimulating interest in the technical and digital aspects of the industry that link in with the Digital Competency Framework will form part of the next set of interactions from Bouygues UK with Cathays High School.
The construction industry has recognised that reaching out to younger age groups, through multiple interactions, rather than one off events or activities, is one of the best tools to dispel some of the common myths and to help young people understand the opportunities that the modern construction industry can provide. The Cardiff Commitment provides these opportunities to interact and engage with schools, helping to ignite and inspire interest in industries like construction amongst young people in Cardiff.
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