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Inspiration Day at The Glass Works

A group of students from Outwood Academy Carlton attended an Inspiration Day at our Barnsley site on 18 June.

Tony Shaw delivered an inspirational talk about his experience in industry
Tony Shaw delivered an inspirational talk about his experience in industry

The day helped students explore the huge range of opportunities within the construction industry, by talking to industry professionals and attending a practical Q&A session. Operations Director Tony Shaw led the day with support from Employment and Skills Manager Adeana Raper.

Tony began the day by discussing his experience and asked the students to write down the first construction role that came to mind. Following a presentation, students were given a tour around The Glass Works, where our production team discussed what we do and all the different types of roles required.

Afterwards, the children were asked to choose a job they thought would best suit them, afterwards talking about how their views might have changed following their experiences during the visit. Chosen careers included engineer, plant mechanic and site manager. Students also tried the Go Construct quiz to match a role to their personality, followed by a short Q&A.

The group were well behaved and very engaged throughout the day. It was really interesting to see how their views and opinions about the industry changed over the course of the day. We were also subjected to some stiff questioning which showed a good level of interest and understanding.

Tony Shaw, Operations Director, Henry Boot Construction

All the students were keen to learn more about the industry and future careers, hopefully leaving with a new perspective and greater understanding of the industry.

A huge thank you to Henry Boot. The Students of Outwood Academy Carlton really enjoyed their visit and they all felt they learnt a lot from the experience. The students said that it helped to confirm their interest in a career within the industry. Many of the students have also raised their aspirations and are now aiming higher than they did before the visit.

Karen Humphryes, Careers Adviser, CareersInc, Outwood Academy Carlton