Shaping Your World Plaque at Dewsbury Learning Quarter

Last week we visited our Dewsbury Learning Quarter project, now known as The Springfield Centre, to unveil the Shaping Your World plaque which is part of the Kier initiative to get 11-15 year olds into the Built Environment.

The built environment needs 400,000 new recruits each year. People are the life blood of our industry, not bricks and mortar. Without people, we cannot build and maintain the homes, hospitals, schools, roads, rail lines, bridges, airports, power plants, offices, shops, factories and vast array of other buildings and infrastructure that our economy and communities need to function.

But drawing a new generation of talent (specifically older Generation Z 11-15yr olds) into an industry that our research report shows is still misperceived as ‘muddy’ ‘manual’ ‘male dominated’ and ‘non-academic’ is a fundamental challenge and one that threatens £90bn of UK GDP.

Kirkless College Principal, Marie Gilluley, said: “We are very proud of the great success of our Springfield Sixth Form Centre. The centre’s convenient location and excellent facilities are opening up learning opportunities to the wider community and transforming learning and lives in Dewsbury and we are delighted to embrace Kier’s initiative to attract more people into the Built Environment”.

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