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Inspiring the next generation of construction workers

It’s been a busy few weeks as our team has toured schools and colleges in Shropshire and Wales to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in construction.

Construction Director Jamie Evans, who has spent his entire career in the industry, spoke to students at Caereinion High School about the variety of jobs available.

We also returned to Welshpool High School where we completed a project earlier this year and Jacob Bunn, our apprentice Quantity Survey, talked about his job. We also went to a careers fair at Burton Borough in Newport in the very hall that we built for the school.

At the Mary Webb School in Pontesbury, our trainee planner and plant manager Aaron talked to students about the career options open to them in construction. Aaron joined Pave Aways as an apprentice carpenter and worked on site for four years before moving into his current role so he was able to offer plenty of practical advice.

Site manager Anthony Hughes was at Hadley Learning Community for its event and our Business Development Director Paul Moran, a qualified Chartered Surveyor, attended a careers fair at Shrewsbury’s Priory School. We also headed to Coleg Cambria in Wrexham for another evening for students to learn more about the industry.


We’ve also been along to The Grove School in Market Drayton, Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere and will be visiting Oswestry School next month.

At Sir John Talbot School in Whitchurch Design Manager Keeley Fox and Contracts Manager Stefan Ivanovic gave presentations to small groups of students about their individual career paths and how STEM in the construction industry works. This followed on from our involvement with the school earlier this year as STEM mentors.

Carpenter Jordan Barber, who attended the event at The Grove School,  joined Pave Aways as an apprentice carpenter after meeting our Health & Safety Manager Steve Taylor at a careers fair at Shrewsbury College, going on to complete an NVQ Level 2 in Site Carpentry.

And to add to all of that, we had the pleasure of showing a group of year 10 engineering students from Newtown High School around Ladywell House, which we are currently refurbishing to become a small business hub.

They got to see all the stages of the ongoing build including the completed floor, the one that’s undergoing work and even got on to the new roof!