Hambleton Children Become Builders for a Day

Year 2 children at a Lancashire primary school learnt how houses are built during a visit from Wain Homes North West’s construction director.

Chris Lafferty visited Hambleton Primary Academy on the Fylde Coast to talk to the children about the 30-week process of building a new house, the type of equipment used in construction and the importance of PPE.

The children were also told about what life is like working for a housebuilder and how Wain Homes is building homes and communities sustainably.

Wain Homes is building Waterside Meadows, a development of new homes in Hambleton close to the school, and Chris was invited to give an interactive presentation to the children as part of a project looking at architecture and homes from around the world.

Chris said: “It is estimated the UK needs around 1m new tradespeople by 2032 to keep up with demand so I hope I have inspired some of the pupils to consider a career in this field when they grow up.

“As a responsible builder, it is important for us to play a part in supporting career development and teaching young people about the various careers that are available in our industry.

"The children asked lots of interesting questions about architecture, buildings and materials so it wouldn’t be a surprise if some of them join the construction industry after they finish school.”

Beth Crayston from Hambleton Primary Academy, said: “Thank you to Chris for visiting the school. All the children loved it and got so much out of the visit.

“It was an engaging talk and the children learnt about the many jobs in house building in a fun and easy to understand way.”