Gateshead pupils become architects of their futures.

Left-to-right: Raju Noor, teacher at Gateshead College with pupils from Cardinal Hume Catholic School and Sam Walker (far right) trainee cost manager at Turner Townsend

School pupils have teamed up with Gateshead College and Newcastle-based property and construction consultancy firm, Turner & Townsend, to design an eco-friendly community building.

The year 10 pupils, from Cardinal Hume Catholic School and Joseph Swan Academy in Gateshead, enjoyed a tour of Newcastle University’s Urban Science building this week to plan their designs and receive feedback from potential users and stakeholders.

All are studying at the college on a new construction and built environment programme, alongside their GCSEs. The programme is part of the college’s Career College in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, a network of employers and industry partners who have come together to design programmes to inspire young people to pursue a career in the built environment sector.

Throughout the term, pupils have studied low carbon building design and visited public buildings for inspiration, such as Ryder Architecture’s Newcastle City Library, and surveyed land next to Science Central which has been earmarked for future development.

Alessandra Arciero, Associate Director at Turner & Townsend said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support this project as it gives young people a real insight into how the buildings around us are designed and built as well helping them to learn about the wide range of careers available to them.”

Recognised as the college which gives students employment edge; a unique combination of high quality education and the real world skills employers value, Gateshead college launched the Career College in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management to help bridge the skills gap in the construction sector and to give young people an earlier opportunity to build the skills and knowledge demanded by employers.

Once pupils leave school they can continue their studies at the college on a full time, level 3 programme in Architectural Engineering and Construction management, which is equivalent to A levels. Further progression is then available to the award-winning Plan BEE higher level apprenticeship, designed by the college and a consortium of the region’s top architects, engineers and contractors, which combines university level study and a paid work internship.

Chris Toon, deputy principal at Gateshead College said: “We’ve responded to a shortage of skills in the construction industry by partnering with employers to create brand new programmes which help inspire young people to consider a career in this sector. Combining practical projects and contact with employers, like this visit, pupils are able to understand the wide range of job roles that exist and to start to build the skills and experience they need to be successful.”

The Career College Trust is a national network that aims to increase the range and choice of vocational education opportunities for 14-19 year olds. With employers and Further Education (FE) colleges working closely together, this unique and innovative model of education is helping to address the growing skills gaps we are seeing in the UK.

News article taken from Gateshead College

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