Pupils get help to construct a career in building

Ponteland High School pupils turned house builders for the day with support from Barratt Homes representatives.
Ponteland High School pupils turned house builders for the day with support from Barratt Homes representatives.

Pupils at Ponteland High School had the chance to experience a career in construction, with an activities day hosted by house builder, Barratt Homes.

Led by Barratt Homes North East’s development director Neil Milburn, the day helped the 13 and 14-year-olds explore the career paths available in the sector and saw pupils designing their own housing company and building a model house.

Pupils were first split into groups and asked to develop a name, logo and slogan for their own housing company and present it to the group. Afterwards, the groups were asked to designate roles to each member of the team, including drivers, builders and site managers, before being asked to organise and carry out the build of a model house.

Neil Milburn said: “There is so much more to this industry than bricks and mortar and young people don’t always realise that. We wanted to use this time to show pupils at Ponteland High School just how much scope there is for a career in house building, whether that be in marketing, planning or construction. Overall, the day was a real success and it was fantastic to see how engaged the pupils were with the activities.”