We have kicked off another Building Brighter Futures programme at Fulham Boys School!

The aim of the programme is to help young people discover a range of construction and built environment professions that are suited to their skills and interests, raising their aspirations and reengaging them with their classroom learning by showing how it is useful in the workplace.

A group of Year 9 students have been given the brief of designing a wellbeing space for their school. Over 3 months, participants will attend employer-led sessions that will introduce them to the breadth of career roles available in the industry, and apply the skills and knowledge they gain about the industry to their own proposal for a project.

In their induction session, students dived right in and started brainstorming their ideas for the build. Some of the ideas discussed were an outside bench, a grow wall and some planter boxes that could be filled with plants – all projects that can be enjoyed by students at the school for years to come!

The programme will be supported by industry volunteers from Morgan Sindall and Sir Robert McAlpine. In session 1, Kyla from Morgan Sindall attended the session virtually to help the young men begin considering their market research and community engagement.

In the sessions that follow, students will consider the budget and location of the build, any skills and support they might need and where they will source the materials, all of which will be presented to the Fulham Boys senior leadership team in a professional style presentation!

Students will also have the chance to visit a real-life construction workplace to barter the price for their materials before building the bench themselves with the support of industry volunteers in roles such as Carpentry.

The Building Brighter Futures programme is a fun, exciting way of getting young people to put their professional hats on and experience different careers in a simulated but realistic environment. The students are already showing some real inspiration, and we can’t wait to see the finished product!