Gilbert & Goode recently joined with Bodmin College as part of an initiative to encourage young people into the building industry.
The students, aged between 13 and 18, were given a tour of the building site in Stu Tudy and took part in a virtual reality workshop on architectural design, giving them an insight into how modern technological advances are helping to revolutionise the construction industry.
“Attracting talented young people into construction is one of the biggest challenges the industry is currently facing,” said John Hutchens, Gilbert & Goode’s safety advisor. “Real-life experience is the best way to engage a generation of future workers and inspire them to take the next step in accessing the right training and qualifications.”
The construction industry in the UK is worth around £110 billion and employs more than a million people. But it’s facing a major skills shortage, with demand for both trade and professional roles – from bricklayers, plasterers and electricians to quantity surveyors and architectural technicians – far outstripping supply.
“It’s imperative all students are given an insight into the wealth of careers within the construction industry, to allow them to see first-hand the wider picture of a construction site from inception to completion,” said Paula Hutchens, who organised the event on behalf of Cornwall Construction Training Group.