How can science and maths be useful for a career in the construction industry?
That was one of the questions students from Hailsham Community College resolved with a visit to the Bouygues UK builidng site at Battle Road.
The students got first hand experience of sustainable building methods and learnt about the different techniques for managing a building site.
The visit, organised by Wealden District Council, was part of the CREST Award, a national scheme to help young people to discover their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, that HCC is undertaking through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The programme aims to show students how science and maths can be useful for construction and involves undertaking a project to demonstrate the students’ understanding of how design and engineering processes work.
This includes undertaking a site visit and then demonstrating key project skills by developing a housing plan for a 2000 m2 site including ten homes using a minimum level of sustainable materials and techniques.
“The students thoroughly enjoyed learning about various elements of the construction industry thanks to their recent site visit,” said Natalie Clarke, college vice principal.
“They are now working hard to put the theory into practice by designing their own sustainable housing project, which they will present at a regional science competition in June.
The CREST award really demonstrates how great things can be achieved when organisations work with us to support the development and aspirations of our talented young people.”
Nicholas Fowler, head of external training and skills at Bouygues UK, said: “I was impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the school and students for the Crest Challenge.
“The ideas the students will be covering and the approach to developing their project will give them an insight into skills that can be used in almost any sector in which they may choose to work in the future. I am looking forward to seeing their completed projects.”
The Bentley Grange development includes an Extra Care scheme of 45 one and two-bedroom apartments, allowing couples with different care needs to stay together and be part of the community.
“Planned growth, sustainable housing and improving skills are all key building blocks in Wealden’s future plans and it’s great to see young people showing an interest and getting involved in all three,” said Roy Galley, cabinet member for economic Development & Regeneration.