Insight into Construction

Carpentry students from Brecon Beacons College visited the NEC in Birmingham for the Construction week event.

Throughout the day students were able to attend seminars, not only about the physical side of the trade but also mental health issues. There were mental health stalls where experts were on hand to talk about the strain the industry has on trade’s people and the rise in depression within the trade.

The event coincided with UK Construction Week (8-10 October). NEC hosts the UK’s largest construction event which brings together all stakeholders within the built environment across every facet of design, builds and product innovation. The event allows those to talk and share knowledge within the industry, as well as what is happening within the trade now and the future.

Students were able to look at future innovations such as the Heathrow project and zero-carbon building materials that we will see in the near future.

Carpentry lecturer Graham Strangward who accompanied pupils to the event says: “ Days like this are so important for students, they are able to network with others in the trade and see how big of an industry it is. Students were able to have a wider insight into the trade work as well as other factors that come with the job.”

For more information on our Carpentry course then please contact Brecon Beacon College on 01686 614400.