Last year Inspire Design were approached by North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) to give a talk to Tupton Hall students about sustainable drainage to assist with their Avenue School Challenge Project.
The Avenue School Challenge was an exciting and rewarding team activity where participants from both Tupton Hall School and Parkside School had to plan a sustainable housing development, based on the new Avenue Development in Wingerworth, Chesterfield. The NEDDC worked with a number of partners such as Kier Living, Placing Futures, Derbyshire County Council and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to develop the challenge with the aim of increasing awareness of construction careers amongst students and their parents.
This week Inspire Design were invited to a celebration event where the students’ success was celebrated and shared with their parents, schools and representatives from other organisations that were also involved in the challenge. At the event, certificates were presented by Martin Bressant, Kier Living’s Regional Director.
The challenge went further than just increasing awareness of different careers that are available within the construction sector. All students that successfully completed the challenge have been guaranteed interviews with Kier Living upon leaving school, three students have secured work experience with Kier Living and four students have been successful in securing apprenticeships with Kier Living upon leaving school in July 2019.
The Avenue School Challenge will continue to run for future years and we hope to continue our involvement as it has been a fantastic project to be a part of.