Inspiring tomorrow’s engineers in South Bank

6 August 2014

Written by: Campaigns team

Children and young people - Focus on Waterloo

Oasis Academy South Bank is teaming up with one of London’s leading contractors to construct a six week programme it hopes will inspire their pupils to build their future – literally.

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From September, pupils from Oasis Academy South Bank on Westminster Bridge Road will have the opportunity to to develop their engineering and property development skills thanks to St Edward Homes.

The programme, which aims to teach 120 eleven year-olds about future career options by giving them a taste of the construction industry, launched with a visit to St Edward Homes’ 190 Strand development. This gave students a taste of what’s to come and they are really looking forward to getting stuck into their own projects come September.

Avni Metha, 190 Strand’s Deputy Project Manager, also paid a visit to the school where she gave a presentation outlining every stage of the construction process from planning to designing, and demolition to sales. She also explained the employment opportunities in the industry, as well as the risks associated with working on a construction site.

The pupils’ weekly sessions will cover all aspects of the sector.  The skills they gain in these will help them design, build, market and sell their own scheme based on a brief set by St Edward Homes.

At the end of the programme, pupils will present their plans to a judging panel which will include Paul Vallone, Executive Chairman of St Edward Homes.

He says:  “We are excited to work with Oasis Academy South Bank in September and are really looking forward to seeing their ideas when they present them.”“It is great to see young people getting excited about what we are doing. The construction industry is always on the lookout for talented individuals to work towards the transformation of London, so it is encouraging to see the future generation showing such an interest.