150 school children descend on Passmores Academy to learn about how to build a community

Communities / Mon 30th Nov 2015 at 01:21pm

Places Pass150 school children from across West Essex attended a one day careers convention at Passmores Academy to learn about and experience the various career opportunities associated with building and construction.

The event was organised by Passmores Academy and Places for People, the developer behind the proposal for up to 10,000 new homes to the north of Harlow.

There are potentially 50,000 new homes set to be built across East Herts, Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford in the next 22 years. This provides the potential for more than 20,000 new jobs in the construction industry, representing a major boost to the local economy. (more details in Notes to Editors)

The event demonstrated to students the vast range of potential jobs and opportunities that are available in the construction and housebuilding industries while dispelling the common notion that it just takes a bricklayer to build a house.

Students got involved in fun and interactive sessions which were led by a number of professions including architects, quantity surveyors, town planners, procurement, health and safety and marketing experts.

Mary Parsons, Group Director of Places for People said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this event and to be helping our next generation really benefit for the massive investment planned for this area over the next twenty years. We want local people to be able to access the employment opportunities this growth will bring – and for Essex and Hertfordshire to have the skills locally to deliver this major programme of homes and infrastructure across the District.

“For too long we haven’t trained enough architects, brick layers, town planners and quantity surveyors and provided young people with the right opportunities to get the construction skills to help build the homes and roads our local communities need to thrive.“

Mary Parsons continued: “Today was a great opportunity to show our young people what opportunities they will have and to get them excited about the wide variety of career prospects that the construction industry can offer.”

Vic Goddard, Principal at Passmores Academy said: “I am delighted to be hosting this day in partnership with Places for People. We are delighted to have industry experts in to educate our young people about the huge variety of opportunities that are present in construction such as architecture, planning, finance and engineering as well as the hands on skills. It’s been great planning the day with such a committed community partner and I’m sure the young people will gain a huge amount.”

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