To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, integrated property services and project delivery specialist Styles&Wood invited Year 10 students from Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury to visit their live site, Lancaster University Library.

Parrs Wood is Styles&Wood’s partner school through the Business Class programme, an initiative set up by Business in the Community (BITC), designed to develop partnerships between schools and businesses.

The visit took place on Tuesday 10th March and a total of 17 students, currently studying a BTEC Level 2 Construction in the Built Environment, attended with 3 teachers. The event was hosted by Styles&Wood Project Manager Paul Fletcher, Trainee Project Manager Daniel Lomas, Head of HR Tina Clayton and HR Advisor Samantha Thompson.

The day started with a health and safety talk for all the visitors covering the general site rules, personal protective equipment (PPE) and the potential risks of a construction site.  Following this, Paul gave the students an overview of the library refurbishment project, taking them through the early phases and programme, up to the present day.

After lunch Architect Michael Swiszczowski, from Sheppard Robson, gave the students an insight into the architecture behind the refurbishment project then the students were issued with PPE for the site walk.  Led by Daniel Lomas, the pupils got the opportunity to see the current progress of the project and Dan and Michael answered their questions.  Before the students returned to school, Tina and Samantha gave them a brief introduction to both the Styles&Wood apprenticeship and work experience programmes.

The students and teachers enjoyed the day and Styles&Wood have already received some great feedback from Richard Goldstone, Design Technology/Construction Teacher at Parrs Wood High School who said “It is of great value for the pupils to be able to experience a construction site first hand and see how it is run along with learning the details of the project and the construction work involved.”

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