Summer camps prove a hit with teenage school pupils

A series of summer camps organised by Building Futures Together have proved a big hit with teenage pupils in Leeds.

Run from 26 July to 23 August, pupils were given the chance to take part in sessions held in the Apprentice Training Academy of mechanical, electrical and public health specialist G&H Group’s headquarters.

Based in Pudsey, G&H Group co-created Building Futures Together, providing the perfect live, real world environment for young people to experience construction.

Over 70 pupils took part in the courses that were funded by Leeds City Council learning plumbing, electrical and fabrication skills.

The courses, which ran from 9.30am to 2.30pm, saw pupils from schools in Pudsey, Calverley, Farsley, Wortley and Farnley attend.

Director of Building Futures Together, John Thornton, said: “The sessions were really well received by pupils and given they made the effort to attend during their school holidays, demonstrates there is great demand for vocational learning of this type.

“Feedback was extremely positive with parents telling us their children enjoyed the stimulating, realistic tasks, the professional environment of the training centre, how values were clearly communicated and the positive, encouragement they received.

“All of this leads to greater engagement with pupils and provides an alternative choice for them to consider when selecting their GCSEs or working towards completing them.

“We are now working with Leeds City Council to run these courses in all school holidays so more youngsters in the local area have the chance to experience an introduction to construction.”