SIMIAN & UTC Host School Engagement Day
29th September 2022
SIMIAN’s Warrington Centre recently played host to year 12 students from Warrington University and Technical College for a school engagement day.
As an ‘employer partner’ of the college (not to mention our very own Finance Director, Jackie Thomason as Trustee), our training centres have linked up previously at events.
The school engagement day aimed to encourage students to view career pathways available to them within the construction industry that they may not have previously considered.
Throughout the day students were able to gain hands-on experience of scaffolding and roofing training, including handling and shaping lead flashings and using a variety of hand tools to cut and shape natural roof slates. The students were big fans of this area in particular, with many of the students producing ‘love hearts’ from the roof slates that they were able to take home.
In addition to this, WUTC students heard from our scaffold and roofing instructors on the career pathways available to them, including a number of examples of women within the industry that occupy key roles within the sector.
Speaking of the Engagement Day, Lead Roofing Instructor, Luke O’Gorman has said:
“It was great to be involved in a day like this. I think that a career as a roofer or a scaffolder is a good one to pursue. I am always keen to promote this to young people. I went straight onto a Roofing Apprenticeship after leaving school and it is a decision that I have never regretted.
There are skills shortages in the Roofing and Scaffolding sectors and it is a really great industry to be a part of.
I found it really rewarding to be able to tell these young people about the opportunities within the scaffolding and roofing industries and also to inform them that they are not limited to ‘on the tools’.
Both industries need new talent coming through and hopefully events like today will help to keep that talent flowing through and also give one of those young people a different perspective on the industries that they might not have had.
It would be great to have the candidates back as an apprentice in the not too distant future!”