£15,000 puts future builders in a class of their own

At Chaucer school, from left, Shannon Jules, Jake Saunders and Chloe Standrin with, John Clephan, Alison  Watson, Tom Fenton, Sarah Booth and Scott Burnside, headteacher at Chaucer.
At Chaucer school, from left, Shannon Jules, Jake Saunders and Chloe Standrin with, John Clephan, Alison Watson, Tom Fenton, Sarah Booth and Scott Burnside, headteacher at Chaucer.
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A Sheffield school building will be transformed into a construction site in a £15,000 project paid for by an outside firm - which hopes to combat a recruit crisis in the construction industry.

Pupils at Chaucer School in Parson Cross will be able to try bricklaying, plastering, 3D modelling, environmental analysis and architecture at the new facility.

It is being paid for by Sheffield Housing Company as part of the Class of Your Own initiative which includes site visits, talks by professionals and the chance to take qualifications.

Sheffield Housing Company – a joint venture between the city council, developer Keepmoat and landlord Great Places – paid the money.