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29/01/2020We have developed and piloted a suite of online resources to inspire young people about careers in the construction and built environment sector.
Our Contextualised Curriculum project, funded by the CITB and delivered in partnership with the London Regional Construction Training Group, provides industry professionals and teachers with a range of curriculum linked sessions that inspire young people about careers in construction and the built environment.
82% of students said that they now understand how their curriculum is relevant in the workplace.
Over the course of the project, in partnership with both industry and schools, we developed 20 individual employer-led sessions that blend students’ existing skills and learning with real world-of-work scenarios. The sessions contextualise students’ learning and allow them to gain an understanding of why what they learn at school is relevant to the wider working world. For students at risk of becoming disengaged with school, giving them practical demonstrations of the importance of their learning can revitalise their interest and reengage them with their education. The employer led engagements also help schools to meet the mandatory Gatsby benchmarks.
100% of teachers agreed that the sessions informed and inspired students about careers in construction.
Research shows that most young people have made decisions about their careers choices by the age of 14. These decisions are rarely linked to roles within construction and the built environment. We believe that to raise the profile and desirability of industry careers, the sector needs to be engaging with young people at an early stage in their decision making process. One effective way of doing this is to deliver engaging employer-led sessions in schools.
“The students were clearly engaged in the session, the task got them to think about construction and the types of discussion that a developer might have. The questions the students asked were answered very well.”- Teacher
The Contextualised Curriculum sessions are designed to be ready-made resources that can be picked up and immediately put into practice with a group of students by anyone! Each session pack includes a session plan, student worksheets, a PowerPoint presentation and any needed additional resources. There is also a handy How-To Contextualised Curriculum Guide offering support and tips on how to make the most of your school engagements.
All the sessions are free to use and can be downloaded from our website and will soon be available on the GoConstruct website. Find out more about the individual sessions, ranging from maths to employability, available here!
“We are very thankful to the CITB for their generous support of the Contextualised Curriculum project. Their funding gave the Trust an invaluable platform to produce a set of effective resources that can be used to inspire the next generation about careers in our industry on a Nationwide scale.” - Carol Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Construction Youth Trust