School pupils complete construction skills challenges

Published on: Saturday, 30th March 2019
Pupils from local schools competed in three different construction skills challenges organised by staff at Derby College Group (DCG).

Pupils from an Ilkeston school competed in three different construction skills challenges organised by staff at Derby College Group (DCG).

A number from the Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy joined others from across the county to compete in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating and Plastering challenges.    Meanwhile, pupils from Brackenfield Special School in Long Eaton, alongside a young person who is home educated, competed in the Carpentry and Joinery competition.

The competition was organised by DCG’s Construction Academy at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college and the 14-16 Schools team who coordinate vocational programmes at the College for year 10 and 11 school pupils as part of an extended curriculum offer.

They were supported by College staff and full-time students – many of whom had competed in the challenge as school pupils in previous years – and cheered on by more than 60 school staff, parents and employers.  The Carpentry and Joinery competition for Brackenfield Special School was won by Harry Tracey, Raymond Shelbourne and Tye-Rhis Marshall.  
DCG Head of Construction Eileen Swan presented the prizes alongside Team Manager David Binks.  She said: “The competition is designed to showcase the school pupils’ skills that they have developed during their time here and to highlight employment opportunities, apprenticeships and full time study programme opportunities that are open to them after leaving school. 

“It was wonderful that so many teachers and parents came along to support the competitors and see just how far they have come.  We are particularly grateful to the employers who have supported the event.  The feedback was that they were very impressed with the standard of the work completed and have earmarked several of the young men and women for potential apprenticeships in the future.”


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