School children are being given the chance to try out jobs in the construction sector at a new after-school club in Lincoln.
Employees from Lindum Group have been sharing their skills and experience with pupils at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy.
The building company is running Construction Club at the school in Skellingthorpe Road.
And teenagers who are taking part have been trying their hands at a variety of activities, including ground works, joinery, bricklaying and vehicle maintenance.
The club was set up in partnership with Steve Penney, who is a senior teacher at the academy.
He said: “The Construction Club is part of the Inspire to Aspire project at our school, which is designed to target pupils who are in their first few years at secondary school.
“Research suggests that children of this age - particularly boys - can become disengaged with formal education and struggle to see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and how this relates to the world of work.”
“Activities like this are invaluable as it helps them to see what opportunities exist in the world of work and help students to focus on their academic studies in the classroom”
“Feedback from the pupils has been excellent. They have been talking about it in class and other children have come forward to ask if they can join.”
The club is held in the school’s Keyworth Centre, a £1.2m training facility which was built by Lindum’s BMS division in 2016.
The centre is named after Leonard Keyworth, a former City of Lincoln pupil who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
At the end of the programme, the children will visit Lindum Business Park in North Hykeham and will be taken on a tour of the company’s Homes construction site in South Hykeham.
Lindum training manager Sara Hobson said it was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the pupils who attended the club.
“It’s really rewarding to see them engage with the activities and the members of the team who deliver the sessions,” she said.
“They are so keen to try all the different activities and they have been incredibly well behaved and polite.
“The construction industry is facing a chronic skills shortage and so the more we can do to expose young people to the great opportunities which the sector can offer, the better it will be for everyone.”
Pupil Sophie Nisbet said she has enjoyed attending the club.
“It’s really good fun and I’ve really enjoyed the activities we’ve been doing.
“I want to be a mechanic and I enjoy doing things with my hands.
“Doing things like this gives you a head start when it comes to planning future careers.”