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Working together for a better future – Aggregate Industries provides school of thought for students

It would seem that Coalville, Leicestershire, may just be home to a new generation of sustainable construction workers, engineers and environmental enthusiasts, thanks to a new partnership with Aggregate Industries.

As a business committed to community development and education, Aggregate Industries is working closely with Newbridge High School in a bid to provide students  with a hands-on understanding of the modern construction world. The remit of the partnership is for children to discover the industry, its importance in shaping the world and the breadth of career opportunities it offers.

As part of the ongoing collaboration, students were recently treated to an exclusive tour of the business’ Bardon Hill Quarry site, where they learnt about the construction industry, state of the art operations and the importance of safety. Equipped with full protective clothing, the students got to witness land regeneration first-hand, learning how the land had changed and the vast size of the operation.

Prior to this, Aggregate Industries hosted a special ‘Environment Day’ at the school where Sustainable Resource Manager, Simon Drury, taught students about modern quarrying practices and the important part it has to play in lessening our environmental impact while delivering vital construction materials across the UK.

In addition, as part of an ongoing digital focus, computing students have also been to visit the company’s operational head office, in Bardon, where they were able to see the large IT department in operation and talk with digital technicians. The business’ IT team has been to the school to inspire students to start work developing their very own app using software and skills used in the real world.

Mike Gibbons, Chief Information Officer at Aggregate Industries, comments: “As a business, we’re not just deeply committed to helping the surrounding community but we want to make a real difference in terms of helping to educate, inspire and showcase the full range of career opportunities available.

“It has therefore been a pleasure to work with the students of Newbridge High School. These young people are our future and that’s why we feel it’s so important for them to understand about modern construction practices and where building materials come from. Often, there is only so much you can learn in a classroom, but by seeing how our operations work first hand they are able to link it back to their learnings, particularly when it comes to geography and sustainability, in a way that really resonates.

“We’ve got lots more in the pipeline, and look forward to working more closely with the school in the coming months.”

Next up, colleagues from different occupations within the Aggregate Industries will be visiting the school on World Work Day, in June 2017, in order to advise students on qualifications, training and what it is like to work in the industry and host a road safety session.

Judith Warren, a teacher at Newbridge High school, comments: “I am very pleased with the impact working with Aggregate Industries has had on students at Newbridge, with the real-world settings and challenges helping to put their knowledge into practice. I am especially pleased that our partnership with the company is to continue year-on-year and that we can work flexibly, pitching the provision where it is needed to fit curriculum needs and engagement.”