Elementary school students were able to get a taste of the building environment when visiting a new housing estate.
Children from the reception class at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School, Hastings Road, Bexhill, visited the Vistry Group’s The Gateway project on Wrestwood Road.
The children received a brief introduction to house building and learned about carpentry and bricklaying while they moved a few themselves.
They also took part in a guessing game of guessing the number of bricks, hammered in nails and looked at the machines on site before a quiz to end the day.
Vistry organized the trip in partnership with The Pelham, a Bexhill Christian charity which runs a variety of projects for local communities including The Pelham Building Enterprise which provides construction jobs for trainees as an introduction to the construction industry.
The Homebuilder is working with The Pelham to provide the Local Employment and Skills Scheme as part of the Section 106 Agreement to provide social value and local opportunities to the community.
It has also donated wood and materials from the site to eliminate waste and reuse it for charity.
Ollie Jeffs, Managing Director of The Pelham, whose daughter attended the visit, said: “St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School is in close proximity to The Gateway grounds and many children often walk or drive past it on their way to school.
“For them, the on-site visit made sense, especially as the reception class my daughter is in is just learning about home.
“Visits like this allow the kids to reassure themselves that construction is a great industry to work in and that new homes come with new opportunities in the area.”
Lee Cote, Site Manager of The Gateway said: “We were delighted to welcome the children of St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School to the site.
“Visits like this are such a good thing to help them understand what we’re doing.”
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