Nottingham’s next generation of engineers and construction professionals have been inspired during a three-day course at Nottingham College’s new City Hub facility, which is currently under construction.
The Budding Brunels event saw Wates Construction, the company building the new City Hub project, join forces with Nottingham College, Scape Group and Construction Youth Trust to engage 18 local Year 12 students.
Day one of the course saw students start off with a networking event to introduce the Brunels to the wide variety of industry professionals that are involved in delivering a major scheme like Nottingham College’s City Hub. This was followed by a workshop which invited them to play the role of various different stakeholders on a construction project – from local residents to senior councillors – encouraging the students to consider how large scale works can impact a wide variety of local people.
The second day saw the students put their skills to the test with a tower building challenge, after which they were all given a tour of the construction site to gain an understanding of what a large scale building and engineering project entails.
The programme culminated with the students providing presentations on what they had learnt during the activity to a panel of industry figures. In order to provide the students with essential skills for the job market, mock interviews were also held in the afternoon to give participants experience of what it’s like to face a recruitment panel.
The event was staffed by representatives of Wates, Nottingham College, and Scape, and formed part of the national Building Brunels campaign, an Open College Network accredited schools engagement programme aimed at informing young people about higher education and career options within the construction industry.
Built on disused brownfield land next to the Broadmarsh Centre and tram overpass, the City Hub forms an important part of Nottingham City Council’s plans to regenerate the entrance to the southern part of Nottingham city centre.
John Carlin, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Midlands, commented:
“Throughout our time working in Nottingham, we’ve remained deeply committed to working closely with the student community to provide insight into the diverse opportunities that the construction industry offers.
We hope the Budding Brunels participants were inspired having witnessed first-hand Nottingham City Hub coming to life and appreciating the profound and positive impact a construction project can have on a community. The enthusiasm and skills demonstrated by the local students over the last few days shows that the future really is bright for the world of construction and engineering.”
Nottingham College was formed following a merger between the city’s New College and Central College in June 2017. As well as being a superior facility for students, the Hub will be used by community groups and businesses, playing a key role in creating a new destination within the city centre. The City Hub was procured via Major Works – UK, part of the Scape National Construction framework.