Children at a primary school in Pembroke Dock have been learning about what it means to work in the construction industry and the built environment thanks to the efforts of staff at award-winning Llanelli-based construction company Morganstone.
Yesterday (Thursday 28, January), the company visited St Mary’s Primary School in Pembroke Dock and talked with the children about why Maths and English are so important from a young age, and why the construction industry is an exciting industry to work in. The school is close to the Imble Lane development which Morganstone are currentely building on behalf of Pembrokeshire Housing Association.
Currently, the average wage for 18-21 year olds in construction is £15,145, much higher than an average of £9,594 in other industries.
Wales also needs more site engineers, architects, surveyors and general construction workers, as the construction industry is expected to grow in Wales at a rate of 6% year on year until 2019. This is twice the rate of the rest of the UK meaning great opportunities for young people in Wales
Morganstone’s community engagement manager Antonia John and site manager Ben Aubrey talked to the children about what working in construction actually means and the various routes they can take to enter the profession. Pembrokeshire Housing Association’s inspector of works Gary Meskimmon also introduced the role of housing associations and the many career paths available within the housing industry.
Antonia John, said:
“Construction builds the world we live in which is why it is so important to teach children about what it means to work in the industry. It provides a fantastic career with an endless stream possibilities and careers to suit all skill sets.
“We want to teach children the importance of maths and English because not only are they essential skills in life, but for those who might consider construction as a career in the future it becomes a necessity to climb up the career ladder.”