Career Event Focuses on Construction

Derby-based Derwent Builds will be hosting a career event for teenagers on Friday.

Youngsters aged between 14 and 16 will get the chance to use mini-diggers and practice bricklaying, joinery, plaster boarding and site leveling at the event at Da Vinci Community College, Breadsall Hilltop.

Funding for the event, aimed at driving home the idea that there are good career prospects in the construction industry, has come from the Social Added Value Engineering group.

SAVE is part of Derwent Community Team's capital build program set up to encourage sustainable training in the community.

Derwent Builds is a pilot project that's focused on providing unemployed people with training and employment in construction while offering a high level of individual support to its trainees.

Kevin Smith, training and development manager at Derwent Builds, said "Construction is now a viable alternative within education and is part of the wider curriculum.

"However, many young people do not know very much about the professions within the construction sector.

"This event will raise awareness and provide young people with the opportunity to experience first hand key aspects of the industry.

"Derwent Builds ran a similar event last year and the feedback received from all partners and the young people involved was extremely positive."

Other organizations that will be at the event are the Construction Industry Training Board, Derby-based Fern Training, the YMCA, Connexions, Derby Homes and Groundwork Erewash.

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