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Turner & Townsend inspires next generation to join UK construction industry

Turner & Townsend, the global programme management and construction consultancy, has ‘adopted two schools – one in the North East of Eng...

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|Oct 19|magazine5 min read

Turner & Townsend, the global programme management and construction consultancy, has ‘adopted’ two schools – one in the North East of England, the other in London – to help inspire the next generation to consider a career in construction. Paul Connolly, the company's MD Cost Management said: “There is a serious shortage of young British talent working in the construction industry. To attract the brightest and best to the industry we have to inspire young learners at grass-roots level and this practical addition to the curriculum does exactly that. We hope to provide a unique learning experience, enabling learners to see the wide variety of skilled roles available in the built environment, and understand how professionals work together on real projects.”

Teachers and students at Marden High School in North Shields and Cardinal Wiseman School in Greenford, London, will be supported by Turner & Townsend as they work their way through an accredited curriculum to design a virtual eco-classroom.
While designing the eco-classroom, students will learn about the roles within a project team, sustainable design, architecture, planning, project management and procurement, and Building Information Modelling (BIM), a discipline in which Turner & Townsend specialises. There will also be face-to-face workshops, provide guidance with specialist technology during the design process.


David Marshall, Assistant Head Teacher at Marden High School commented: “This partnership will lead to several exciting opportunities for the students at Marden High. It marks a significant step in our ambition to inspire and support students in STEM related subjects through business partnerships and university links.”  

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