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Lindum joins regional contractors collaborating to deliver new careers event in Nottinghamshire

26 April 2024
  • Lindum Group teamed up with SCAPE and its other regional delivery partners to create the new Nottinghamshire construction careers event. 
  • 126 students from across 14 different schools attended. 
  • The careers day featured a carousel of construction activities from surveying and bricklaying, to operating plant equipment. 

Lindum Group has been working alongside SCAPE and its other regional delivery partners to create a new careers event, showcasing the career opportunities in construction.

The Construction Careers event, organised by Action for Construction, gave Year 9 and 10 students an insight into the word of construction, improving their knowledge of the wide variety of trades and professions within the industry.

During the day, 126 students from 14 different schools took part in the first construction careers event of its kind for the Nottinghamshire area.

Contractors that operate within the East Midlands region were on site showcasing the different career paths and future opportunities that are available for young people. The event focused on the diversity of roles within the industry through a range of interactive activities throughout the day.

Students learning about the roles within construction

Adele Doyle, Group Training Officer and General Manager at Action for Construction (AFC) Training Group, said: “We are thrilled with the resounding success of our inaugural Construction Careers Event in Nottingham and Derbyshire.

“Witnessing the enthusiasm of local year 9 and 10 students as they engaged in various activities, from demolition simulation to surveying, reaffirmed our commitment to promoting construction careers.

“Collaborating with our esteemed AFC Employer Members and West Nottingham College was instrumental in making this event a triumph. We eagerly anticipate continuing this collaboration for our next event in September 2024.”

The event was created as part of SCAPE’s Community Legacy Programme, building on the success of Lincoln Construction Week, which has been promoting construction as a future career for school children for nearly 20 years.

Lindum was one of the founding partners of Lincoln Construction Week and used this experience to help to establish a successful and inclusive event for young people in Nottinghamshire.

The one-day event featured a carousel of activities, from surveying and bricklaying to plant training, joinery, and more. Lindum provided its in-house photographer for the day, and Site Engineer Tom Haire delivered a surveying activity, where students had to try and get wooden stakes level in the ground using a laser level.

Students taking part in the construction careers activities

Steven Duckering, Lindum Group Framework Manager said: “We were thrilled to be involved in delivering this excellent new careers event to Nottinghamshire, providing an important insight into the variety of careers available and how to get into the industry.

“The Construction Careers event was part of our commitment to futureproof the construction workforce and ensure we can continue to inspire the next generation of workers, from site-based roles such as bricklayers and joiners, to office-based roles such as estimators and quantity surveyors.

“Having been a founding partner of Lincoln Construction Week, which has been successfully delivered to over 20,000 students over the past 20 years, we have been able to provide SCAPE with an experienced hand in setting up this new event for Nottinghamshire to ensure it had the right foundations to continue to be a success in the future.”

Vision West Nottinghamshire College hosted the event at its Bentinck Miners’ Welfare Social Club campus in Kirkby in Ashfield.

Students taking part in careers activities

Other local contractors which are part of the SCAPE Construction framework and supported the event include Clegg Construction, G F Tomlinson, and Stepnell.

Mark Robinson, SCAPE Group Chief Executive said: “The SCAPE Community Legacy Programme has been set up to deliver targeted, local social value initiatives that enrich communities, and the Construction Career’s Event is a shining example.

“By engaging young people onsite and providing useful knowledge and insight into careers in construction, we are collectively helping to attract our future workforce and address the skills and labour shortages in the industry. Thank you to everyone that was involved in making the event such a success.”