A leading South Wales Construction Company recently linked with a local primary school to celebrate Construction Skills week and hopefully provide a group of 11 year olds with a lasting impression of the industry.
Carmarthenshire based WRW Construction is currently building a brand new primary school for the local county council at The Bryn, Llanelli. As part of its responsibility towards highlighting the importance of construction in the community, WRW invited 28 pupils from year 6 at the school to visit the Holbrook Timber Frame factory in Bridgend, where roof trusses and other structures are being manufactured for the project.
Bryn School is a £3.2m new build development which will see almost 200 pupils move into their brand new accommodation next summer. The pupils were accompanied on the trip by Head Teacher Mr Rufus Evans who said
"The visit to Holbrook was very successful. The children found the visit very informative and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the new school build. What particularly amazed them was that the wood for the build came from such diverse areas of the world. They were also impressed with the computer designs and how the design was transferred to the factory floor and consequently end up as a piece of a huge jigsaw to be put together as our school."
WRW Chairman, Robert Williams stated
“We have always tried to be a community oriented company and feel engaging with clients, especially at times of short term disruption, is important. We have an excellent relationship with the school on this project and were delighted when the Head agreed to the visit. The idea was the brainchild of Project Manager and Senior Site Engineer Mike Dunleavy and we are pleased that the school and Holbrook Timber Frame have embraced the concept.”
WRW also takes the wider policy framework of the industry seriously and tries to engage with Regional and National agendas wherever possible over issues such as skills shortages, apprenticeship schemes, sustainable developments and modern work practices.
Wyn Pritchard, the CITB’s Construction Skills Wales Manager said
“We are delighted that WRW has taken this opportunity to give a group of youngsters an insight into the building industry and modern construction methods in particular. From an educational perspective it is a good way of explaining a little of a contractor’s supply chain and procurement methods and who knows, we may have some budding engineers and craftspeople emerging from the group! ”