PRIMARY school pupils are being encouraged to think about a career in the construction industry with a new scheme.

David Wilson Homes has linked up with Vigo Primary School to introduce a year-long project.

The Building Buddies Award is being hosted at the school close to the homebuilder’s Locksbridge Park development, guiding pupils through the construction process with four “exciting” activities.

This specially designed scheme is intended to encourage children to show an interest in the industry, helping them to consider a career in construction from an early age.

The Year 6 pupils have been presented with their work books and are preparing for their first activity - naming a development and designing a logo.

Rob Allen, sales director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “With our new Building Buddies Award, we have the chance to educate young children on the construction industry as well as raising awareness of important issues such as site safety.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Vigo Primary School throughout the academic year and we hope the pupils enjoy being amongst the first participants in this exciting project.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the creativity of the children grow with each design and literature task, whilst giving them an understanding of the construction process at our nearby Locksbridge Park development.”

Pupils will also take part in a marketing and writing competition, a wildlife friendly exercise and a site visit and poster competition.

The winner of each competition will be presented with a prize, whilst the school itself will be presented the coveted Building Buddies Award in a ceremony towards the end of the school year.

The project is being run at four other schools across Hampshire.