Construction students from The Bedford College Group’s Bedford and Corby campuses joined a scaffolding careers event held at global company in Milton Keynes earlier this month.
Organised by HAKI Ltd and the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, the event inspired young people to pursue a variety of careers on offer in the industry.
More than 25 students from the Group attended and had the opportunity to participate in a series of activities held throughout the day. These included a K’NEX challenge where students tested their structural abilities, a hands-on experience building a scaffold tower using the HAKI Universal system and talks from individuals in various roles within the scaffolding industry.
- Lester Brown and Barry Taylor, Global Technicians at HAKI
- Priscila Escobar, Mechanical Design Engineer at HAKI
- Ben Ramsey and Adam Reeve, Contracts Director and Contracts Manager at QFS Scaffolding
- Henry Annafi, NASC Training Officer.
At the end of the event, 11 out of 26 students said they would now consider a career into scaffolding upon completion of their studies.
David Wilkins, Director of Construction & Building Services at The Bedford College Group, commented:
“The students had a fantastic day and learnt a lot about areas of the construction industry that they might not have originally considered. They also participated in some great activities to develop their teamwork skills.”
Paula Hubbard, Group Training Manager at HAKI added:
“The open day was organised to inspire those in the 16-18 age group to consider scaffolding as a genuine and rewarding career choice. HAKI is dedicated to working collaboratively with both our industrial and educational partners to get this message across to this age group.”