Students at The Stephen Longfellow Academy were given an amazing opportunity to visit the construction site of the new Skelton Lake Services, off the M1, Junction 45. As part of the visit, students would also be introduced to a planting project for the green roof of the service station. The Skelton Lake service site will hold a petrol pump, services, restaurant and a hotel when fully complete.

The aim of the visit was to raise awareness of construction careers from ground workers to civil engineers but also to understand environmental sustainability.

Students from Year 8, 9 & Year 10 attended the visit. On arrival students were checked in and entered the site office. First, they were given a short presentation about Morgan Sindall and the Green Roof Project. It was explained how the green roof will be formed and its environmental link.

Students were then given a health and safety brief and then dressed in protective Equipment.

This was followed by a tour of the outer areas of the site by Morgan Sindall staff, explaining in detail the different works going on.

Returning from the site, students entered the staff canteen where they met with several workers and apprentices, which included a civil engineer and a quantity surveyor. The apprentices provided information about their roles and pathways they took to their job. Students were given the opportunity to ask any questions about the roles and day to day work.

Student feedback about the visit was very positive. From the mini survey undertaken, 90% of students said they had learned about new construction roles in ground workers, site labourers, quantity surveyors, structural engineers, facilities manager & site gateman, as well more well-known trades.  1 student said the visit would have been even better if we could have tried one of the jobs. If possible this idea will be considered for future visits with a hands on opportunity within a safe environment.

Follow up work with Morgan Sindall will include, Morgan Sindall sending us seed samples, so they can be grown by students in school and then these plants/grass will be brought back to the site by students on a further visit and will be planted into the green roof. Morgan Sindall will also support the school with careers and employability related assemblies and potential work with our Primary students.

The school will continue to work with Morgan Sindall to support its Career Programme and inspire its students.