DigIT! to BuildIT! is a hit at Bretby 2010

International Clay Technology Association
1 Dec 2010
The Dig it to Build it team with pupils from Murray Park School

Following the success of PrintIT! Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the process and manufacturing sector, has launched another four ‘Schools into Industry Programmes’ (SIIP). DigIT! to BuildIT! was launched at Bretby 2010 – Building a Greener Future, at the Bretby Conference Centre with the aim to attract young people into the exciting industries of Extractives, and Building Products.

Local schools, companies and industry leaders attended the event that introduced Proskills newest SIIP, giving local employers the chance to meet with teachers and students who they could potentially partner up with during the DigIT! to BuildIT! programme.

Proskills Schools Programmes manager Jo Chapman explained the importance of businesses engaging with their local schools, "DigIT! to BuildIT! is all about showing how interesting and exciting the Extractives and Building Products industries are, that’s why it is so important for students to get a real understanding of this by twinning with local businesses and seeing for themselves how they work. It is a golden opportunity for employers to build relationships with local schools and to attract younger generations into their workforce and industry."

Ian Aspley, Chairman of the Building Products Industry Group and Operations Director of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme said, "It is important that young people fully appreciate how business works, I believe that by investing time and effort in the programme, we will be able to ensure that these young people have a great insight into what goes on within our fast moving industry and will want to become part of its future."

A class of students from Murray Park School, who are taking part in DigIT! to BuildIT! attended the launch of the programme at Bretby 2010. Teacher Alex Foreman explained, "I think DigIT! to BuildIT! will be a real benefit to students because of its wide ranging construction links, we are really looking forward to getting started on the programme and seeing what it has to offer."

Lauren Shaw, a student at Murray Park School who is studying towards her Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment talked about what she thought of the DigIT! to BuildIT! launch, "We really enjoyed the launch of DigIT! to BuildIT! and found that we gained a lot out of it. The part which I found the best was the teamwork activity at the end as we learnt the skills needed to work to a specific deadline. I think the programme will be really good because we will get to visit companies and see how they work."

Chris Hallas, Director of Shire Minerals commented on how the SIIP could benefit the Extractives and Building Products industries, "DigIT! to BuildIT! is an ideal opportunity for building materials companies to increase their visibility with schools and young people to make them aware of this exciting industry.  Hopefully by taking part in DigIT! to BuildIT! and finding out what the industry has to offer, these young people will look to the building products sector as a future career choice." 

To find out more about how to get involved with DigIT! to BuildIT! and engage with your local schools please get in contact with Jo Chapman at jo.chapman@proskills.co.uk.


About DigIT! To BuildIT!

The DigIT! To BuildIT! scheme is a major industry-backed programme designed to teach young people about the exciting world of Extractives and Building Products industries and to encourage learners to consider a career path related to the UK process and manufacturing industries. DigIT! to BuildIT! is for Year 9 Geography students, GCSE Science & A level Geology students and students studying the Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment.

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