Mansell’s Maths Day Adds Up

Pupils at a Stourbridge school got help and advice from construction experts at Mansell for a special Maths in Construction Challenge aimed at helping them make their career choices.

Specialists from Mansell’s Stourbridge-based Western Region helped youngsters from Redhill School in Junction Road complete a range of activities designed to give them an insight into the world of work and how maths is used in the construction industry.

The students had to role play as construction companies and worked in groups, devising a company name, and then managing the construction of a building taking into account environmental issues, planning, programming, design, quantity surveying and site management. At the end of the day they were given certificates from Mansell.

Mansell’s regional training manager Jeremy Lydiatt provided help and advice to the youngsters, along with maths teachers from the school, as part of the Dudley Education Business Partnership.

Jeremy Lydiatt said, “These youngsters went about their tasks in a very mature way and came up with some excellent presentations. I am sure they got a lot out of the exercise which not only gives them an insight into the construction industry, but gives them an idea of the problems and challenges they may face in later life.”

Sharon Hinds, maths teacher at Redhill School, said, “The pupils gained so much from the day, such as teamwork, presentation and communication skills, as well as the mathematics skills they used. The team that Mansell send are always so professional and interact so well with our pupils, and including female surveyors provides a great career role example for our female pupils.”