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Joinery students get a taste of working on site with Wates

Just outside of Leeds city centre, Wates is transforming the Little London Primary school with a new £6.1m building to accommodate 630 pupils and a new community centre.

Wates invited local schools, colleges and residents behind the hoardings to see its busy site, where groundworkers, steel frame fitters, roofers, joiners and bricklayers are all at work.

Ten students in their third year of a joinery course at Leeds College of Building arrived early on Friday for a look around. For some of them, it was their first time on a live construction site.

An hour later, they were all convinced that a career in construction is right for them.

“Open Doors is an opportunity to be able to share what we do, and give local students the chance to learn about the work that is out there and how to find it”

Tony Quick, Wates

Wates project manager Tony Quick guided the group around the site, explaining the different trades along the way, from the ground floor up to the second and then out onto the roof.

To emphasise the importance of site safety and looking out for colleagues, Mr Quick challenged the students to help Wates improve site safety by asking all of them to look for hazards and fill out a near miss card.

He ended the tour by talking to the students about career progression and the paths they could take to develop from joiners up to site management, if they wished to.

Mr Quick said: “Open Doors is an opportunity to be able to share what we do, and give local students the chance to learn about the work that is out there and how to find it.”

Little London Primary and Community Centre

Contractor: Wates

Client: Leeds City Council

Value: £6.1m

Start: October 2014

Finish: August 2015

Location: Meanwood Street, Leeds

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