Pupils from a local Nottingham school have gained their first glimpse of the world of construction as part of an exciting careers week with Midlands contractor GF Tomlinson.
The week, which also included a site tour of the ongoing £30m Nottingham Castle restoration site led by GF Tomlinson, was held by Nottingham Free School, in Sherwood.
GF Tomlinson’s close partnership with Nottingham Free School began in 2015, and since 2018 the contractor has been involved in the Enterprise Advisor Network. Under the scheme, they provide a dedicated enterprise advisor who works closely with staff and the senior leadership to support the school’s career week programme.
G F Tomlinson Framework manager and the school’s Enterprise Advisor, Craig Stopper, said that it was “great to see young people excited about the world of construction and the many doors it could open for their future.”
The ‘Just Imagine Working Here’ event kickstarted the programme last week on Thursday. Twenty-one students from Year 10 donned hard hats to visit Nottingham Castle for a site tour with the GF Tomlinson project team.
After the tour, the students took part in a creative team building activity to use the skills they had learnt on the site to create a new model visitor centre from materials such as lollipop sticks, paper straws and string.
The exercise put each student’s creative skills to the test, with each pupil taking on the role of either Architect, Structural Engineer, Project Manager or Quantity Surveyor.
Craig continued: “Our long-standing relationship with Nottingham Free School has led to a really positive and collaborative careers scheme that has given students access to the construction industry and the many exciting and diverse roles available.”
“We are dedicated to providing opportunities in employment, training and skills and do this through our links with local schools, colleges and universities. The Enterprise Advisor Network has enabled us to develop closer relationships with our partnered schools supporting staff to create valuable careers provision for students to make informed choices about their future.”