Hands on at Stamford College

Published: 29th March 2023

Friday 17th March saw the Messenger team attend Stamford College in support of the Construction Skills Event organised by the South Lincolnshire Training Association, who’s aim is to promote the industry to groups of students from schools local to the area.

The theme of the event was the Low Carbon/Green agenda and to fulfil that criteria, we chose to promote our skills in leadwork and Collyweston roofing, both of which rely on materials that are infinitely green and sustainable with their natural existence and ability to be recycled once they’ve reached the end of their initial life cycle.

In addition to the choice of craft skills, we also took the opportunity to showcase two of our apprentice/trainees with the view that they would enhance the engagement opportunities with the younger attendees.

We could see that both Connor and Dan rose to the challenge of promoting their skills and the opportunities that their craft skills training within the Messenger team has provided. This was endorsed after the event by a note from Steve Taylor, Group Training Manager for SLGTA in summing up the feedback received from the attending schools, Steve stated ‘They placed a very high value on providing their students the opportunity to interact with college students and industry apprentices who are probably only a few years further down the line to that of their students’.

Connor and Dan were likewise supported by two of our experienced tradesmen in the form of Dave Hickman and Richard Depellette who assisted the attending students in the practical side of working a piece of lead and dressing and laying a piece of slate.

Overall, there were 152 secondary school students attending the Stamford College event from 6 local schools and supported by 23 members of school staff. Messenger were 1 of 13 external companies attending the event and providing this opportunity to promote the construction industry.

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