Lincoln

Next generation get to grips with the construction industry in Lincolnshire

More than 1,200 school children were given a hands on taster of the construction industry at the Lincolnshire Showground this week.

The Lincoln Group Training Association (LGTA), in partnership with The EBP and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is giving local children the chance to take part in construction challenges ranging from operating mini diggers to constructing a bridge.

The event involving year 6 to year 11 students began on October 3 and will run to October 5 at the showground north of Lincoln.

Activities include exercises in team building, construction, electricity, joining and plastering and even delved into heritage restoration and tile making.

More than 45 primary and secondary schools from in and around Lincoln are taking part.

Among the first children to get stuck into the activities on offer were pupils from Chestnut Street CofE Primary School in Ruskington, near Sleaford. They joined Lindum employees for lessons in digger driving and surveying.

The school’s Child and Family Support Worker, Pauline Fry said: “This is the third year our school has taken part in this event and we think it’s fantastic.

“The children really enjoy coming and when they get back to school, they are bursting to tell their classmates what they’ve been up to.

“It really puts a spark into learning for them. Last year, one of our pupils won a medal for all the questions he asked. He was on cloud nine for days afterwards.”

Year six pupil Caitlyn added: “I really enjoyed measuring and laying all the equipment out. It was like doing a big puzzle – and I love puzzles!

“I would normally be doing maths and English at school and I’ve enjoyed this much more.”

During the day, participants are guided through the activities by professionals working in the industry and have the chance to try out different disciplines.

Lindum Bids and Marketing Coordinator Dan Clark said he remembers attending the event when he was a Year 8 pupil at Welton’s William Farr School. He said he has fond memories of the day.

“It was brilliant. We got to do all kinds of things that we wouldn’t usually get to do,” he said.
“Plus, it was the first time I heard of Lindum – and now I work here.”

The three-day event will finish with a careers fair and employment advice session for young people.