Young people living in care in Barnsley were given an insight into the jobs on offer in the construction industry by Kier employees recently during an interactive skills showcase day.

During their time on site, the group of young people, all of whom are supported by the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) care team, got a hands-on introduction into life on site as a bricklayer, electrician, plumber and painter.

Separate areas for each of the trades were set up for the youngsters to try under the expert guidance of Kier operatives.

The event, which was organised in partnership with BMBC’s Targeted Information Advice and Guidance Service and the Future Directions team, took place at a Kier Regional Building Northern site in Barnsley.

Angela Johnson, Kier Housing Maintenance, Social Value Manager said: “We are delighted to be able to give this group an insight into the work that they can expect on a typical construction site. The day was a great success and we were really pleased with the commitment and dedication shown.

“We were so impressed with how they handled the sessions that we have been able to offer a number of the group, work experience with opportunity to apply for our apprenticeship programme in the future.”

David Benlow, BMBC’s Strategy and Services Manager, education added: “We are very excited about the potential opportunities our growing partnership with Kier will bring Barnsley’s young people. The construction skills showcase day was a great success in building young peoples’ confidence and supporting them towards a secure future in the construction industry.”

Kier has a strong history in supporting the local community in Barnsley having provided housing maintenance services in the town since 2010 and have created employment opportunities for 120 people as well as 180 work-based placements and 29 apprenticeship places.  

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