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14 March 2023


PUPILS from St Paul’s Primary School in Hoddlesden had their eyes opened to the prospect of a career in construction when members of Kingswood Homes visited.

Year groups five and six welcomed senior planner Kieran Blaydes and marketing coordinator Laura Hughes-Jones from the house builder who is currently on-site building homes at Spinners Brook in the village of Hoddlesden.

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The pair spent the afternoon introducing the wide range of professions associated with the industry, and the various routes taken to get there.

Kieran said: “Our aim was to raise awareness of the varied and rewarding career pathways which exist in the construction industry. The industry is in need of new talent and I believe that engaging with children as young as age 10 to see if there are any careers that interest them, will hopefully lay the foundations for them to consider it when it comes to making their choices.”

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The team also discussed Kingswood’s innovative Shape Your Home concept that means customers can decide on a layout that suits them.

“When we asked the children how they would design their own homes, we had some great responses including one child who said they would design a treehouse. It’s interesting to hear what’s important to them such as having a home with great views. The job roles within our industry are so varied, almost as much as the personalities of the children we met. The key message was that they can begin the process of thinking about what they are passionate about, and to understand that no career is out of their reach.”

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Year six teacher Rebecca Holt said: “Welcoming Kieran and Laura into the school was a great way for us to link to the career readiness aspect of our curriculum. It was a great session and the children really enjoyed it and found it interesting. I think it has really opened the children’s eyes about the opportunities that this field brings and challenged the stereotypes that are associated with construction work.”

To find out more about Kingswood’s Spinners Brook in Hoddlesden visit https://kingswoodhomes.uk.com/developments/

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