Bricklaying lesson for students proves popular at Crick site

Guilsborough School students try their hands at bricklaying during a trip to a building site in Crick
Guilsborough School students try their hands at bricklaying during a trip to a building site in Crick

Students were given a hands-on bricklaying and carpentry lesson when they visited a housing development in Crick.

The group of 11 students from Guilsborough School visited the Barratt Homes development in Main Road where they met staff, learned about the industry and gained some practical experience.

Caity O’Callaghan, work related learning coordinator at Guilsborough School, said: “We’re very grateful to Barratt Homes for inviting us onto their site in Crick and showing our children the skills they will need if they want to get involved in construction work.”

The students were also taught how to stay safe on site before meeting Barratt Homes’ trained bricklayers where they learned how to build walls using bricks, blocks and mortar.

They were also given a tour around a partially completed house where they learned some basic joinery skills.

Guilsborough School student Mitchell Barr, 13, said: “I’d already had some experience of bricklaying from when I helped my next-door neighbour build a wall, so I was pretty good at it.

“I had a good time today, and in the future I might look into becoming an apprentice.”

Barratt Homes’ parent company, Barratt Developments, was recently named the top apprentice employer at the National Apprenticeship Awards, and the firm has a record of recruiting young people to the business through apprenticeships, graduate schemes and other initiatives.

Andrew Swindell, managing director of Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We gave these students a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a new homes development, as we think it’s important to be on the look-out for the home builders of the future.”

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St Margaret’s View is a brand new development in Crick.

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