Year 10 pupils from Medway University Technical College (UTC) visited Ebbsfleet Green where Redrow is delivering up to 900 new homes as part of Ebbsfleet Garden City.
The group of students are studying for their BTEC National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and the day at Ebbsfleet Green was an opportunity to experience a construction site first-hand.
As a school that specialises in engineering and construction, Medway UTC is unique in its approach as it offers students clear routes to future employment through professional and technical pathways; it is the only exclusive 14-19 year old provider in the area. The college’s bespoke relationships with industry leaders enables focussed opportunities for students wanting to work in the engineering or construction sector.
Following a health and safety induction from Area Construction Manager, Mike Tynan, pupils were taken out on site with Project Site Manager Andy Pearson who spoke to the class about the construction methods used on site across the different phases of development. The pupil’s current module is focused on the sub and superstructure of buildings with the time on site bringing their classroom learning to life.
Chris Lilley, Managing Director at Redrow South East, commented: “It’s really important that students embarking on a career in construction have the opportunity to visit active sites and speak to people within the profession. I recently became Governor at Medway UTC in order to foster a deeper relationship between ourselves and the college, with the house building targets the country is facing it is essential that young people are given access to the sector and taught about the wide-ranging opportunities available. Hosting the pupils from Medway UTC at Ebbsfleet Green has highlighted the enthusiasm there is from the next generation of construction industry professionals.”
Oliver Ballard, age 15, said: “It was a really interesting visit to Ebbsfleet Green. We’ve been doing lots of work on drawings, and it was good to understand the site plans, and see these come to life on site. It was also useful to hear from the project team about all the different roles in construction which has made me think more about an apprenticeship.”
Mr John Clarke, Construction Teacher at Medway UTC, commented: “We are very grateful to Redrow for organising a site visit for our Year 10 pupils. Giving the students the opportunity to visit a key strategic site in the region is fantastic and it is inspiring for them to speak to people who are having successful careers in their chosen profession.”
Redrow recently launched Regent Square offering a collection of two, three, four and five bedroom homes. The homes at Regent Square are from the housebuilders Regent Collection and includes Edwardian townhouses alongside semi-detached houses. The flourishing community at Ebbsfleet is proving incredibly popular, with 137 Redrow homes sold to date. New residents will benefit from Ebbsfleet’s excellent connectivity, including journey times into London of just 17 minutes from nearby Ebbsfleet International train station. To find out about the homes available at Regent Square visit www.redrow.co.uk/regentsquare.