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Keepmoat Homes lay the foundations for a career in construction for local pupils and school leavers

Local school-leavers from specialist school, Hebden Green Community School in Winsford have been given the opportunity to try their hand at construction thanks to major housebuilder, Keepmoat Homes.

On Monday (25th September) 33 school-leavers donned their hard hats for a site visit at Keepmoat’s Winsford housing development; where they were given an insight into the diverse career options available in the industry.

During the visit, the group met with Keepmoat’s Health & Safety Advisor to learn about risk assessment, safety signs and identifying hazards before spending time with the development’s Site Manager to cover site plans, order of construction and the ever-popular construction machinery. The highlight of the visit for many being watching the diggers up close, in action.

A question and answer session was also held as part of the visit, which the older pupils from the school also attended in order to learn more about the range of attractive career options available within the construction field.

Julie Baker Community Engagement and Investment Manager from Keepmoat said:

“We were overwhelmed by the interest sparked by a recent careers talk at the school, so to be able to facilitate a site visit for the Hebden Green pupils and school leavers has been fantastic. We work closely with a number of schools, colleges and job centres across the country to encourage more people into the industry and we are delighted to have been able to demonstrate the diverse career options available in construction, regardless of an individual’s disabilities.”

Barbara Kilgallen from Hebden Green School commented:

“Both the careers talk and site visit have been hugely beneficial to our pupils and for many it was been a real eye-opener as they take their next steps in pursuing possible careers. I’d like to thank Keepmoat for their time and the special measures they took to enable us to visit the Winsford development.”

Hebden Green Community School is a specialist school for students with a broad range of physical disabilities, medical needs and associated learning difficulties. The school is committed to providing an outstanding blend of education, therapy and care across both its day and residential departments.

Image - left to right on the back row: Jane Bellis (Teaching Assistant), Jake, Aidan, Hollie, Will, James White from J&J Bricklayers, Phil Grace Keepmoat’s site Manager, Paul Claxton Keepmoat’s Site Supervisor, Dave Slater Connolly’s Scaffolding and Kevin Shannon Keepmoat’s SHEQ advisor.

Image - left to right on the front row: Ashley, Sam and Alex.