On 2nd October, the Shanly Foundation and Learning to Work joined forces for a ‘Design, Plan, Build’ careers event, to raise awareness of the diverse career opportunities that exist within the construction sector.  
Sixty students aged 13 to 14 were invited to receive vital information on topics ranging from design and planning through to building and interior finishing. Attendees heard first-hand from a range of industry experts and had the chance to meet and talk to people from a wide variety of roles 
Nancy Lalor, operations director at Learning to Work, comments: “Learning to Work is thrilled to have partnered with the Shanly Foundation for the Design, Plan, Build event. Bringing careers to life and initiating interaction with professionals is key to helping young people explore the world of work and all it has to offer. 
“To enable young people to make informed choices about their futures and understand the possibilities open to them from studying certain subjects at GCSE, there is no better way than bringing them face to face with potential employers to understand more about expectation, entry levels and day to day life in a professional environment.” 
Students worked with staff members from Shanly Homes, to gain an overview of the construction sector and the range of career paths open to them. Volunteers introduced students to their organisation, described their roles within that organisation and discussed the skills and abilities they possessed which helped them achieve their career goals. Pupils were also informed of the entry level requirements for roles within the industry. 
The year 9 attendees were from Beechwood School, Herschel Grammar, Burnham Park Academy, Desborough School, Sandhurst School and Bishopshalt School. 
Tamra Booth, trustee at the Shanly Foundation, comments: “Working with young adults and educating them about the careers available to them in the construction industry is something that we are honoured to be a part of. We hope that the Design, Plan, Build programme educated the students about a career path that is frequently overlooked in education. Ultimately, we hopeit has inspired them to consider a job in this sector.” 
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