Year 10 students became property tycoons for the day earlier this term, and learnt about careers in construction from industry experts. The session, delivered by graduates from Barratt Homes, used an innovative game format to allow students to create their own property developments. Pupils had to work in teams to buy land, price the development, build a property and finally sell the house.
And while the students had fun, they also learnt some valuable lessons. Year 10 pupil Abigail Thackway said “It was a fantastic session. It was great to see some positive female role models and I was surprised to hear about all the different jobs within the construction industry”.
Design Technology teacher Mr Bull was enthusiastic about the project: “It’s really important that students learn skills that are going to be relevant when they leave school. It was fantastic that they were able to get an insight into such an important topic from people who actually make these decisions on a day to day basis”.
Barratt Homes hope that by raising awareness of career opportunities within the construction industry, they will be able to plug the anticipated skills gaps in Yorkshire over the next 10 years.