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Shepherd shows off city office scheme to inspire next generation

Shepherd’s £20m office scheme in central Leeds was taking shape as the contractor invited students to see the site and find out what they could do in construction.

A group of first-year plumbing students from Leeds College of Building were welcomed with an introduction to careers in construction, with Shepherd project manager Dan Miller and trainee building services engineer Emily Marner sharing their own stories.

After a talk on the importance of safety, they were taken out to the 104,000 sq ft development for a tour of the lower levels and to watch electrical engineers at work.

“We need to do everything we can to attract young people to the industry – they are the future”

Dan Miller, Shepherd Construction

Impressed by the size and scale of the project, first year plumbing student Ryan Morgan said he had “never been on a proper construction site before”.

He said he had found the visit interesting, and that it had convinced him that he wanted to continue with his course through to a full Level 3 qualification to give him the skills to work on similar projects.

Mr Miller said Open Doors is important to him due to the shortage of skilled people joining the industry.

“We need to do everything we can to attract young people to the industry – they are the future.”

Wellington Place

Contractor: Shepherd Construction

Client: MEPC

Value: £20m

Start: June 2014

Finish: December 2015

Location: 6 Wellington Place, Leeds

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