Birmingham teenagers turned urban designers while picking up some essential workplace experience during a career taster day with Longbridge-based housebuilder St. Modwen Homes.
The 14 and 15 year-olds from Edge Academy in Northfield attended the session with Dallaglio RugbyWorks (DRW), the programme set up by English rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio to help young people who have been excluded from mainstream education.
The action-packed day at St. Modwen Homes ‘ headquarters in Longbridge began with an introduction to housebuilding from human resources advisor Alex Wight, followed by a trip to see live construction at Cofton Grange in Cofton Hackett, where the housebuilder is delivering its latest phase of three and four bedroom homes. Then it was back to the office for a spot of lunch and a chat with construction apprentice Jack Ellis before the teenagers were challenged by assistant technical coordinator Emma Laventine to design their own simple residential development – featuring homes, trees, a play area and electricity substation. They then presented their ideas to the room.
Gareth Shuttleworth of DRW said:
“I’d like to say a big thank you to St Modwen Homes for hosting the career taster day with the Edge Academy. It was well organised, engaged our young people and offered a good insight into the construction industry. We are very grateful to the staff that took time out of their day to support the young people and for their enthusiasm.