Nottingham-based electrical and civil engineering firm McCann, has been supporting a group of students from local independent school Trent College in Long Eaton, in their nationally-recognised Go4SET initiative to design an eco hotel.
As part of Go4SET, an industry-related visit is required for all participating schools and the group of 6 students, along with their Design & Technology teacher Ms J Rigley, visited the Pentrich Fields Development at Giltbrook, Nottinghamshire – which is being constructed by McCann’s house building division, Peter James Homes.
The visit took place at the end of May and the students were taken around the site by McCann’s Lean/Quality Manager, Ben Feltham – who approached Peter James Homes with the idea of assisting the students with their project.
The students were escorted to the Peter James Homes Site Office and introduced to project manager, Steve Waring. Steve provided them with a site induction, followed by a presentation on the design, programming and building processes required to successfully deliver a residential development such as Pentrich Fields. The students then went on a tour of the site wearing their McCann issued high-visibility vests, safety boots, gloves, glasses and hard hats.
As part of the tour, the group were able to view a partially-finished house with a recently completed roof – allowing them to see the construction of the internal walls and supporting floor joists. The students were then taken to a vantage point where Steve used visual examples to illustrate the construction activities relating to scaffolding, bricklaying and concreting.
Ben Feltham has been supporting Trent College’s Go4SET team in his role as STEM ambassador and team mentor for the past eight weeks. He is privileged to be supporting the students with their project and helping to shape the next generation of Scientists, Technicians, Engineers and Mathematicians.
“It is widely known that there is a shortage of young talent coming into our industry,” says Ben. “At McCann and Peter James Homes we are passionate about educating the next generation of civil and electrical engineers and providing them with the foundations upon which they can progress and develop”.
Information from this visit will form part of the ECO Hotel report and presentation given by the students at the Go4SET ‘Celebration and Assessment Day’ at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on the 22nd June 2017.
Ben added “I wish them every success with their project and I hope to see their names in lights come the end of their Go4SET assessment day in June”.
Ms J Rigley, Design & Technology teacher at Trent College, thanked McCann and Peter James Homes for assisting the group with the project – “We would like to say thank you to the team at McCann and Peter James Homes. They are clearly passionate about construction and are specialists in all the correct processes required to complete large-scale civil and electrical engineering projects. This is invaluable knowledge for our students to take away with them and I’m sure many of them will be seriously considering a career in this industry as a result of such an excellent insight.”