As part of the Wembley Park skills programme, Quintain and their key contractors Wates, McLaren, John Sisk & Son and McAleer & Rushe, have each partnered with a school in the local area. The aim is to build a long-lasting partnership and engage young people in the Wembley Park development from start to completion.
The programme also creates awareness of the many careers within the construction industry through three key activities:
Site tours: These are a great way for children to understand what a construction site looks like.
Activity days: These are run in schools in partnership with Young Enterprise. This programme allows children to understand how the communities are built in which they live and grow.
Refurbishment projects: As part of the programme, work is being carried out in a number of schools to improve their facilities. For example the Ark Academy in Wembley is benefiting from a playground makeover, which is being undertaken by Quintain and their key contractors.
St Josephs Primary school
Community life workshops
Six volunteers, made up of Quintain staff, held a Community Day at St Joseph’s School in partnership with Young Enterprise. The purpose of the day was to inform pupils about the community that is being developed in Wembley Park. The aim was to inspire their imagination and show them how they too can create a community and how this can be done through thoughtful construction and development. A challenge was set for pupils to design a new attraction for Wembley Park and manage a budget and team.
The Commmunity Life workshops were a great success. From a limited understanding of what community really means and what is involved in creating one, the children developed their knowledge through a range of team activities and had their eyes opened to the world around them locally – all while having lots of fun! The ideas around the sessions were really good, as they got kids thinking about aspects of the community they would not have previously considered, along with financing. This is exactly why Quintain is working with Young Enterprise so thank you for making the day a success and engaging the young people so well with Wembley Park.
Graham Jenner, teacher
Elsley Primary school
Eight volunteers from Sisk ran a community day and site tour with 240 pupils from Elsley Primary School. This was done in partnership with Young Enterprise and so the focus was on engaging pupils in the vision of Wembley Park and inspiring them to consider how communities are built. As part of this activity day, Sisk brought the pupils to Wembley Park for a site tour. They even took them to the viewing deck and gave them a bird’s eye view of the site.
Feedback from both Sisk and Elsley Primary was incredibly positive and they both look forward to working together next term.
Was a great success, I am really happy with how the day went.
Julie Cassiano, Assistant Head teacher
The Rock Assembly
The Transformation Trust is an educational charity dedicated to opening the doors of opportunity to young people across the country. Each year they organise an end-of-term concert and careers fair called the Rock Assembly, at the SSE Arena Wembley.
This year 7,500 school leavers attended. Wates set up and ran a stand on the day and engaged with young people in the industry, talking about apprenticeships and job opportunities and it was a positive experience for both volunteers and young people, alike.