St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Hartlepool: STEM project
St Cuthbert’s, Hartlepool have taken part in a STEM project with a local construction firm enabling children to be inspired at a young age to pursue careers in construction – especially females! Lisa Molloy, Construction and Commercial Manager at Tees Valley-based Seymour Civil Engineering, visited St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School to promote a career in industry. It all comes as part of a push to upskill the region’s workforce and bridge the skills gap as game-changing major projects are developed over the next 15 to 20 years.
Promoting construction to primary school youngsters, parents and teachers was at the heart of the visit, which focussed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Year 6 got the chance to hear what Lisa did for a living, learn more about construction, and plan and build a costed project as part of an exercise.
Lisa said: “The construction industry currently faces an unprecedented skills shortage which is only predicted to become worse. Molly in Construction is aimed specifically at primary school students to inform students, parents and teachers about the great careers in construction available to all.”
Year 6 students looked at a range of careers for all skill levels and had the chance to work in teams to build bridges to hold a particular weight. They had a rewarding day which provided further aspiration, a better understanding of the range of careers available to them in Hartlepool and a desire to achieve goals set.