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Kier visit All Saints Kirkby school

Inspiring visit to Kirkby school by construction company Kier

by Gemma Melling

Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has been awarded to deliver the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and has recently visited All Saints Catholic Primary School in Kirkby to showcase the array of employment opportunities in the construction industry.

Along with its employees, Kier brought along some of its local sub-contractors including Summit Marine Scaffolding, Stock Brickwork, MJS Joinery, HA Civils, Dodds Group (M&E) and Webber Engineering. The event was to showcase the variety of different jobs available in the construction industry, along with highlighting the qualifications and skills future employers are looking for.

On the day, 160 Year 10 pupils were engaged with regarding the potential career prospects available in the build environment. In addition, Kier shared the different routes into the industry including Apprenticeships and graduate opportunities.

Students also got the opportunity to “have a go” at the various trades and feedback from the pupils was extremely positive.

As part of its school programme visits, Kier and its supply chain have also engaged with 140 year 11 pupils through a ‘speed dating’ exercise to highlight apprenticeship opportunities available.

Tony McGuinness, Head Teacher at All Saints Catholic High School said: “We were delighted to welcome Kier to All Saints Catholic High School helping to inspire our pupils and help them when choosing their important options for GCSE. Feedback from our students say that the visit has really ignited their career aspirations and I look forward to welcoming Kier back for future activities with our pupils.”

Peter Commins managing director at Kier Regional Building North West, added: “It’s a key priority for us to engage with pupils at an early age and garner their interest in the construction industry. We engage with pupils from the areas we work in outlining the different roles in our industry and the qualifications required. Who knows, one day some of these pupils could be future Kier employees.”