Carpentry and joinery learners from colleges across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai were given a look behind the scenes into life on a construction site as part of a virtual event to mark National Apprenticeship Week.
In total, 41 level 1 learners from the college sites took part, putting their questions to two apprentices working on Wynne Construction sites alongside Alison Hourihane, business and community development manager at the Bodelwyddan-based company.
While Wynne would usually provide chances for students to visit their construction sites, the company has worked together with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to provide innovative and interactive sessions to bring students closer to construction.
Attendees quizzed Callum Cunningham, an apprentice for Wynne Construction, and Adam Boggs, an apprentice at Ogwen Joinery.
Questions covered how sites have changed during the pandemic, how to apply for apprenticeships, and what sort of working culture they can expect on-site if they are successful.
Callum said: “It’s a big leap into the world of work from school, I remember when I was in their position I had so many questions, so it was really good to be able to answer some of them.”
Alison Hourihane said: “It’s always a pleasure to speak to those looking to get into construction and I hope this event with the learners will help do just that.
“Making construction accessible to a wider range of people is why we set up Wynne Futures, and talking to those making their first steps towards working on a site is one of the best ways to do so.”
As well as speaking to the two apprentices, those attending the virtual event were shown a short video, introducing them to work on a Wynne Construction site.
Salah Berdouk, assistant principal computing and media, construction and engineering, Coleg Llandrillo, said: “We are delighted to be working with Wynne Construction to develop a programme of virtual visits and interactive sessions with a leader in the construction industry.
“The learners have been working online through unprecedented times and having such a generous contribution from Wynne Construction, has come as a very welcome opportunity for all of them. They were able to ask experts questions about the knowledge and skills they gained in college.
“They were able to interact with professionals that have literally shaped the urbanisation of the UK. This invaluable experience gave them such a great insight into the world of construction and will set them on the path to success.”