Building careers for students at Parson Cross school

John Clephan, from Sheffield Council's regeneration team, Shannon Jules , Alison  Watson, Tom Fenton, Jake Saunders, Sarah Booth from Keepmoat, Chloe Standrin and headteacher Scott Burnside
John Clephan, from Sheffield Council's regeneration team, Shannon Jules , Alison Watson, Tom Fenton, Jake Saunders, Sarah Booth from Keepmoat, Chloe Standrin and headteacher Scott Burnside
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Sheffield Housing Company is teaming up with Chaucer School in Parson Cross to bridge the skills gap between classroom and career.

The £15,000 investment will help support a project where a working construction site is to be created by pupils at the school. The Design Engineer Construct course has been developed by Class of Your Own – established to address the lack of young talent in the construction industry.

Part of the programme is attracting businesses to adopt a school, fund the course and provide opportunities for students to experience the responsibilities involved in completing a large construction project.

Pupils at Chaucer will work with industry professionals, visit sites, learn new skills and explore job opportunities, while achieving industry-recognised qualifications.

As part of the project, an unused part of the school building is being transformed into a working construction site. Students will be able to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, honing new technology skills in 3D modelling and environmental analysis, as well as developing creative and applied skills in a range of disciplines including architecture, site engineering and facilities management. They will also try practical skills such as bricklaying and plastering.

Headteacher Scott Burnside said: “Evidence shows every day immersion is the most effective way to learn anything and our school’s ‘Every child, every day’ policy ensures equality of opportunity for all our students through character development and enhanced educational provision for employability.

“By working with industry professionals who share knowledge and expertise with our young people, we can develop a learning environment on site that is designed by students, built by students and used by students - delivering applied learning with a real impact both academically and personally.”