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Fantastic turnout and response in Yorkshire to biggest construction trade and careers event

MHA Architects were delighted to support Hobson & Porter, Jewson and Bishop Burton College at the recent Foundations Live 2017 event.

Now in its second year, the event is a collaboration between construction firm Hobson & Porter, Jewson and Bishop Burton College. The event aims to inspire young people to consider a career in construction by showcasing the variety of roles and training available.

More than 50 industry organisations exhibited their products and services at Foundations Live 2017, including national suppliers to the construction trade, representatives from the local supply chain, local authorities and training providers.

Dave Blades, Business Development Director for Hobson & Porter, said: “This year’s Foundations Live event received a brilliant response – we had an even bigger and better turnout than last year’s event. People of all ages from primary school pupils to adult re-trainers came along to find out about the great variety of career options in the construction industry. It was also a great opportunity for organisations to exhibit their products and services, network with other suppliers and tap into the potential among other students.”

Janice Chattaway, advisor for the CITB Humber region, said, “According to our CSN forecast, there will be over 9,000 construction jobs that need to be filled in Yorkshire and the Humber over the next five years, and so we were very keen to promote the industry’s recruitment campaign Go Construct to make sure young people in the region know how varied and rewarding a career in construction can be.”

Jeremy Hara, Course Manager for Construction at Bishop Burton College, said: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s Foundations Live event. Our construction department is committed to developing pupil’s employability and preparing them for their future careers, and the event was hugely beneficial to those that attended.

“By being part of this initiative, our construction and engineering students will benefit from hands-on, practical training alongside the major employers in the region; helping them to develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry.

“The event was a great opportunity for students to meet and network with some of the major employers in the region, and learn more about the career paths available to them after they have completed their studies. It was a very productive day for everyone that attended and I would like to thank all involved.”

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