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Students Design and Build in Competition

On 16th March a team of Grange students competed against two other Bradford schools and showed off their design and build skills as part of a competition organised by Incommunities.

The Interbuild Skills event took place at the housing group’s Construction Training Centre and involved three upper schools – Grange,  Tong High School and Carlton Bolling College.  It aimed to give the students a hands-on taster of working in the construction sector and coincided with National Apprenticeship Week (14-18th March).

On the day, the budding builders worked in teams to test their design, construction and marketing skills in a practical exercise supported by Incommunities’ trade professionals and managers.

Team Grange team made a single bed that converted into a double. Thomas Gabor from the team said: “We prepared models and used these to create the full-size bed.  It’s been great to see it develop in front of you. It’s also been interesting to look at what the other teams have been making and meet them.”  

To round off the day each team made presentations to a judging panel which included representatives from the Construction Industry Training Board and WISE - a national campaign to get more women into construction, science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

The overall standard proved very high and the eventual winners were Carlton Bolling College.  

National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate the positive impact of this type of vocational training for individuals, businesses and the economy.

Team Grange (left) with Tong HIgh School (left) and eventual winners Carlton Bolling (Centre)

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive, said: “We want to show that construction is open to all and working with local schools, the Construction Industry Training Board and WISE we are committed to engaging with more young people.  Our annual Interbuild Skills competition is a fabulous way to raise awareness of the opportunities in construction and the value of apprenticeships in building a multi skilled and diverse workforce.”

Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “It’s been fantastic to see these ‘budding builders’ inspired by the construction challenge.  It’s been a really rewarding day and hopefully its set some of today’s participants onto their first steps towards apprenticeship. We might even see some joining our own programme!”

James Tilbrook, Apprenticeships Officer at the Construction Industry Training Board, said: “It’s been a great day and given these young people a valuable insight into what construction apprenticeships are all about.  Hopefully, this event will attract more new talent into the industry in the coming years and raise awareness of the range of trade careers available.”