A dozen students from Futures Y10 had an amazing experience at Flannery’s training centre on EKFB’s A422 construction site as part of HS2’s Open Doors week.

They had presentations from various EKFB representatives. EKFB’s Head of Engagement, David Griffiths Allen, told them about the HS2 project: giving them insight into the scale and complexity of this huge infrastructure programme, including using the latest technologies and the focuses on sustainability.

Appointed Person, Pete Powell, talked about entering Engineering from a degree perspective with some great examples of the projects he has worked on. And Engineering Apprentice, Suzy Bennett, presented form a neurodivergent point of view and sold the benefits of the apprenticeship route into engineering and the many opportunities in the flourishing construction industry.

Huw Jones, from Flannery, encouraged the students to try out driving bulldozers and excavators on the simulations in the training unit. The students really appreciated their introduction to the construction industry and hopefully we will be able to develop our links with this major employer in our region.

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