AN onsite teaching facility at a housing development in Seaham, County Durham, has helped local construction students boost their exam results.
A group of 28 students, from Seaham High School, visited the Byron Mews development in the town, which is part of the Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC) portfolio.
A partnership between Durham County Council and Keepmoat Homes, DVRC is delivering new “affordable” housing and supporting local authority and community initiatives throughout the county.
The students took part in a tour of the development, heard talks from trade and construction staff and had the opportunity to take part in some brick laying.
“The site visit to Byron Mews, really helped to bring the theoretical side of the BTEC Construction and the built environment to life for the students,” said Lee Holtby, the school’s head of technology. “Consequently, this was reflected in the pupils’ exam results this year, with more than a 90% increase in those attaining a pass at Level 2.”
Following the exam successes, six of the students have enrolled at East Durham College to pursue construction and/or engineering qualifications.
Travis Crowley, 15, who passed the course with merit, said: “I really enjoyed the construction site visit. Having the benefit of visualising answers and completing a worksheet onsite really helped train my brain for the exam. Seeing and speaking to the construction workers has inspired me to pursue a construction career.”
Geoff Scott, social and economic impact manager with Keepmoat Homes in the North East, added: “We are passionate about supporting the communities in which we work. It is vital that through initiatives like DVRC and in particular this project, we are investing in tomorrow’s workforce, providing support, opportunities and training for the next generation of construction professionals.”
Main Image: Daniel Robinson, site manager at Byron Mews; Hugh McCracken, teacher; students, Travis Crowley, Stefen Avadanai, and Geoff Scott.