Construction Education & Training

Contractor leads the way to bridge the skills gap at Pride Park careers event

Contractor leads the way to bridge the skills gap at Pride Park careers event

Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson took part in the Business in the Community (BITC) Inspiring Futures educational event at Derby’s Pride Park this week, where young people learned about careers in the construction industry.

The event, which was held in Derby for the first time this year, was attended by more than 500 students aged 13 – 17 from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire schools.

At G F Tomlinson’s stand, students constructed a model bridge, where they had to work together to create the final product. G F Tomlinson staff members from the design, health and safety, marketing and admin departments were on hand to guide the pupils through the activity and answer any questions they had about a career in construction.

Hosted by BITC and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP), the event aimed to teach students about a variety of careers and help them understand how subjects relate to the workplace, in order to inspire them to take the next steps following their GCSEs and A-Levels.

Andy Sewards, managing director at G F Tomlinson, said: “Careers events for students in this age range are so important as the students will soon be making choices that will impact the rest of their lives.

“At G F Tomlinson we are dedicated to promoting careers within construction and investing our time to inspire the next generation. Events like Inspiring Futures are the perfect way to collaborate with local organisations to provide a range of education and careers support.

“There continues to be a skills gap in the industry and we feel it’s important to do our part in helping to share the message that construction is a vibrant and exciting industry to go into. As a firm, we have trained many young trainees and apprentices, many of which have gone on to have long and successful careers with us.

“It was a privilege to take part in this year’s event.”

Nuria de la Fuente, Engagement Manager at BITC, said: “Our aim was to make the day more than just a regular careers event. Students and teachers were overwhelmed by the variety of sectors represented and the creative approach towards highlighting careers and opportunities. The organisations that supported Inspiring Futures all made a tremendous amount of effort in making the stands interactive and interesting, which contributed towards a successful day.”

Inspiring Futures consisted of four interactive zones: zone 1; an education zone which saw interactive stands from various universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers; zone 2; where local and national businesses showcased hands-on activities and discussed employment opportunities; zone 3; where charities and public sector organisations helped students explore career paths; and zone 4; a personal finance workshop.

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