County High School Leftwich students learn about careers designing the homes and communities of the future with Weaver Vale Housing Trust
We have been working with students at County High School Leftwich to host workshops offering an insight into the careers options available in the housing sector. The Trust’s Employment Horizon’s team works closely with local schools and colleges as part of its aim to support local people with training and employment opportunities.
Thirty students from year 9 (aged 13-14) took part in two virtual practical sessions designed to provide an insight into a career in housing development by setting them mock tasks to design green space for land where new homes will be built.
They worked in groups to assign roles including team leader, housing experts, financial experts and open space designers, and were given a scenario and a budget to design the layout of homes and the green space needed to meet the needs of all groups in the community.
The aim was to encourage students to understand the work and roles involved in a housing career in a practical and creative way.
Heather Stone, Employment Horizons Coordinator at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “We were delighted to be able to work with County High School Leftwich to deliver these sessions. At Weaver Vale, our Employment Horizon’s team is committed to linking local people with work and training opportunities and working with local schools is an important part of this as it enables us to link in with their career education programmes.
“I hope that these sessions gave the students an insight into what a housing career could look like in a fun and engaging way. We’re looking forward to hearing their presentations as part of the final part of the programme, they have been a pleasure to work with.”
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