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Construction Challenge at Weymouth College

School children swapped the classroom for a building site to put their teamwork, planning and practical skills to the test.

Young people from South and West Dorset schools took part in the Construction Challenge held at Weymouth College. Year 10 pupils had to work together in small teams to complete the challenge and build timber framed houses, complete with windows, doors, electric lights, plumbing and a garden brick wall.

The teams taking part came from Beaminister School, Budmouth Technology College, Royal Manor Arts College, The Wey Valley School, and Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis.

Weymouth College students from Carpentry, Joinery and Furniture Making completed demonstrations and closely monitored and supported the school teams throughout the challenge. The annual challenge days are organised by Weymouth College School of Construction and Engineering in partnership with the Dorset Construction Curriculum Centre and supported by schools across the county.

The aim is to encourage school children to work together in teams to complete a range of practical tasks, while having the opportunity to show their skills in, planning, communication, team building, decision making and problem solving.

Beaminster School pupil Jack Rowlands said, “I had a fantastic day and really enjoyed working in my team who came second in the challenge. I want to pursue a career in carpentry when I leave school so this day gave me a really good insight into the life of a carpenter and working on a building site.”

Over the two days there were two winning teams who came from Wey Valley and Woodroffe schools and all the young people received certificates for taking part.

Graham Carter one of the organiser’s said “all the schools that took part did extremely well, their behaviour throughout was excellent, they showed commitment to take part and work as a team, and everyone completed the challenge, the schools should be very proud of their young people.”

For more information about the partnership between schools, colleges and industry, contact, Sylva Starke at the Dorset Construction Curriculum Centre tel. 07710 426868 back