Students at The Brakenhale School have witnessed first hand the benefits of apprenticeships and the range of careers on offer in the construction industry, thanks to the contractor building their own new school building.
Wates Construction delivered an inspiring and informative presentation to over 330 Year 10 and 11 pupils. Purposefully designed to give students a flavour of what it’s like to work in construction, the presentation saw members of the Wates site team explain their own career paths and offer an insight into their current roles.
A detailed workshop was then held in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) at the school for a selection of students all of whom have a keen interest in pursuing an apprenticeship in the construction sector. A number of these students will now join the Wates team on site for a week, shadowing the site manager and spending time with both the design and commercial teams in order to expand their knowledge of how a construction project operates day-to-day.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director at Wates Construction, commented:
“We are delighted that so many of the students were inspired to learn more about the construction industry following our presentation and that they have also taken us up on the offer to gain some on site experience – especially at their own school. We hope this opportunity will give the students a real taste for all the different roles involved in construction and with their impressive levels of enthusiasm, I expect to see some of them on construction sites in the future.”
Brakenhale Academy, situated on the southern side of Bracknell, which caters for 1,290 local students, opened in 1958 as Borough Green City Secondary School. Today, Brakenhale is an 11-19 mixed comprehensive school situated on the southern side of Bracknell.
Once complete, the new building will feature vastly improved facilities and provide enhanced teaching environments for science and technology subjects. Wates was appointed to the project through Phase 2 of ESFA’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) which was designed to rebuild or refurbish those school buildings in the country was in need of upgrading. The new building at Brakenhale is the first of four projects that Wates Construction will deliver across the Thames Valley as part of PSBP2.