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Foundations Live update- two months on

“We’ll be continuing our hard work into 2020 with a full programme of activities planned to engage and educate people on the vast opportunities and prospects available in our amazing sector. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Foundations Initiative this year and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with you.” -Dave Blades, Director for Hobson & Porter

Since Foundations Live 2019 took place at Bishop Burton College in October, we have continued to push on with the initative and drive the collaborations between industry and education that are so important in bringing forward the next generation of workers.

There have been notable successes in the last few months coming off the back of the event:

• A video from the event created by bricklaying YouTube star Stu Crompon went viral receiving over 18,000 views. Stu Crompton, whose Best Bricky videos have attracted over 70,000 followers, was among the hundreds of people in attendance on the day.

• A new Hull College Centre for Construction Trade Apprenticeships was opened in November by BBC DIY SOS’s Mark Millar thanks to Hobson & Porter.

• In December pupils from All Saints' Federation, donned high-vis vests and wellies to bury a time capsule which included their views on what sources of energy might exist in the future. This was to mark the completion of the new Aura Innovation Centre

Foundations Live 2019 feedback:

Pupils at Beverley Grammar:

“It was good to find out possible apprenticeships and find out new information about things I would like to do in the future.”

“I enjoyed speaking to employers to get a feel for what it’s like to work for them and to understand what types of jobs companies need.”

“Thank you for the invitation, as always the event was fantastic. The students were really enthusiastic about the visit on their way home and it was good to see them really engaging with the exhibitors.

"I think it's great that you got so many employers who were willing to give their valuable time to attend this event to give our students an insight into the varied careers within the construction industry. Well done again!” -Lynn Scaife, Wolfreton

“The event was a great experience for the learners and myself, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
I was also particularly pleased with our learners behaviour as it is a statement of how the discipline of the centre has encouraged them to conduct themselves more professionally!” Mike Beecher, Orchard Construction

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