PUPILS from Harrow Way School gained first-hand construction and housing experience when they visited a development taking shape in Andover.

The Year 10 students were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peake Meadows site, in Charlton, by housing association VIVID and builder Foreman Homes.

The aim of the visit was to encourage the group to pursue careers in construction and housing and give them an insight into the roles available.

Over the course of the morning, the 14-year-olds learnt about health and safety, the design and construction process for a building site and the various job roles that are available within the housing and construction sector.

The trip was led by Year 10 progress leader David Cade who said: “Without the opportunity to explore in-depth the career potential of an industry it is very easy to miss the possibilities. Yet, as our students discovered, the career opportunities in the building sector go way beyond the professional construction trades.

“With the construction industry currently experiencing a boom there is huge potential for students to experience a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

Students also took part in a learning activities including site plan identity, roles available in construction, building construction towers, building a house and budgeting for large build projects.

The morning concluded with a visit to the Peake Meadows site where students were given a guided tour by Foreman Homes project manager, Mark Brown.

Mr Cade added: “From architect, surveyor, the construction building trades to project management, finances and even interior design there are lots of options available all, requiring different skills, aptitudes and qualifications. A huge thanks to our hosts for the time they gave to what has been a very beneficial and insightful visit.”

Managing director at Foreman Homes Nick Hardcastle said: “Foreman Homes prides itself upon its commitment to encouraging young people to embark on a career within the construction industry. We are only too aware of the skills shortages within the industry and actively involve ourselves in supporting events such as this in order to highlight the exciting opportunities available.”