Shropshire based construction giant, The Hawk Group, has hosted a careers open day for local schools as part of their on-going focus to recruitment and promoting careers in the construction industry.
Around fifty students from schools across Shropshire attended the half day event, which saw attendees have the opportunity to get behind the controls of various pieces of plant, take on the machinery simulator and attend a First Aid workshop.
Industry body CITB and local careers organisation Ladder for Shropshire were also in attendance to offer careers advice and guidance.
In the last 12 months Hawk Group has increased their workforce by 25%, recruiting over 75 apprentices in the last three years. With the CITB projecting the construction industry needs to recruit another 200,000 people by 2019 to meet rising demand, the event was about much more than fulfilling short-term recruitment needs for the company.
Hawk Group Board Director Paul Allman explained: “The students attending the day ranged from aged 13 – 16. The objective of the day was really to get the students enthused about the career opportunities within the construction sector and put it on their radar when it comes to deciding on their future career, training and further education options.”
The event builds on activity completed by Hawk Group earlier in the year which has seen employees from the company go into local schools to deliver careers presentations and workshops. One such school is Thomas Adams in Wem, who also sent a group of students to attend the open day.
Work-experience Co-ordinator for the school, Elaine Brown, explained what these type of partnerships with local business means for the school: “Partnerships like this are so valuable. Our students have been able to gain some first-hand experience and find out about what careers and apprenticeships opportunities the industry has. It was great to see them so engaged with the activities, asking lots of questions and with plenty of information to take away.”
Amanda Davidson, Tutor at the Education Development Service in Shrewsbury was another attended also full of praise for the day, commenting: “I can’t fault it. The event has been incredibly well organised and the staff have been so patient and friendly. We’ve brought seven students here today and even if just one of them has realised an interest or wants to discover more, then the day has been totally worth it.”