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Helping students build a future in the construction industry

by Cathy Sheel

Kirkby students are hoping to build a future in the construction industry after taking part in a work experience programme with a local company.

Building restoration company, The Forshaw Group – based at Knowsley Industrial Park – has welcomed four students from Kirkby High School for work experience.

The company’s work experience and apprenticeship programme is aimed at raising the profile of the construction industry to young people and showing them how to get involved.

The students tried out four different trades over four days.  They experienced time with a decorator, a joiner, a plasterer and a plumber. Hopefully this will encourage the students to move forward with The Forshaw Group and pursue one of its apprenticeship roles.

The Forshaw Group’s INS-Pire Academy and Knowsley Schools’ Apprenticeship Partnership has already attracted over 100 students from All Saints High School in Kirkby since it started working with the school seven years ago.

The INS-Pire Academy is designed to help train young people in skilled trades, including building, restoration and renovation, engineering, decorating and loss adjusting. It is hoped it will also help address the looming skill shortage in the industry.

The Forshaw Group’s managing director Liam Hanlon said: “It’s exciting to welcome Kirkby High School to our INS-Pire Academy. We are pleased to be able to extend our apprenticeships to more students. Hopefully the four students on work experience will have enjoyed their time here and move forward onto our apprenticeship scheme.”

Kirkby High School Head Teacher Anna Dobson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students, and we really appreciate The Forshaw Group’s offer to support them. We look forward to hearing how our students got on with their work experience.”