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Primary school pupils receive a 'real world' lesson at new university building site

Shaun Reynolds 5th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A NATIONAL construction company has turned to a class of year six students to evaluate the change of Coventry University’s new Science and Health building.

The £37 million state of the art building was paid a visit by pupils from Howes Primary School in summer 2015 to see what was going on, how it was being built and to get an insight into the types of careers available in the industry.

Pupils, now in year 6, came back earlier this month to see the progress.

The visit was organised as part of BAM Construct UK’s commitment to linking education to employment.

Phil Eaves, education and skills co-ordinator for BAM, talked pupils through the construction process and revealed examples of how the finished build would look.

Phil said: “Engaging with schools in this way allows the children to feel a part of what is going on in their city.

“It also links the curriculum in a way that is visual to the pupil in a ‘real world’ situation and can help to inspire young people to consider a broader and more ambitious range of career options.”

Coun Kevin Maton, cabinet member for business, enterprise and employment said: “It is vital that young people in our schools have a good understanding of the range of career options available to them.

“The provision of site visits for our school pupils helps them make informed choices on a preferred skilled career path and makes the transition from education to employment that much smoother.”

Rebecca Bollands, deputy head at Howes School said: “We are delighted to continue working with BAM which supports our two year European project based on entrepreneurship and preparing our pupils for future careers.

“Our pupils have been very excited about going to back to the site and learning about jobs in construction.

“This opportunity will raise both standards and aspirations.”

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