Mansell lays on hands-on day for pupils

Construction services company Mansell hosted a two-day construction skills showcase in a bid to give pupils at a Stratford primary school first hand experience of the construction industry.

The company organised the special event at Bridgetown Primary School and more than 350 children took part over the two days.

Mansell laid on “taster” demonstrations in two special tents where youngsters could try their hand at plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, bricklaying, and plastering. The pupils watched Mansell experts, and tradesman from Mansell’s supply chain partners, at their trade before having a go themselves.

Plumbing demonstrations were laid on by P&M Mechanical, bricklaying by Mansell and M Fitzgerald Brickworks, plastering and tiling by G D Ltd, electrical work by DKB Electrical and carpentry by Qualitec Systems.

In addition, the Considerate Constructors Scheme mascot Ivor Goodsite was on hand to supervise proceedings.

Mansell is undertaking a two million pound refurbishment project at the school for Warwickshire County Council. The work includes a new two-storey extension as well as alterations to existing classrooms to create a nursery. The new extension includes seven new classrooms, a library, toilets, two practical areas and a lift and staircase.

Mansell Western region head of construction, Stuart Rogers, said, “This was an opportunity to give youngsters a chance to have a real life experience of a building site in a safe environment and to get over the message that the construction industry is an exciting place to work. The students got valuable hands-on experience and advice from the industry professionals from Mansell and our supply chain partners who guided them and provided them with an insight into the industry.

Tony Phillips, project manager for property services at Warwickshire County Council, said, “The event was a great success and the pupils enjoyed learning about different aspects of the building trade. We have a longstanding relationship with Mansell who have a number of building contracts in the county, so I am very pleased that they have committed their time and energy to involve the school in this process while educating the youngsters at the same time.”