Amanda goes back to school to encourage youngsters to join the housing challenge

29 October 2018

A trainee assistant site manager at a Basingstoke housebuilder returned to her former school to encourage young people to join the construction industry and deliver the homes that Hampshire needs.

Bovis Homes' Hollie Lockhart, Alix Laflin, Hannah Dunlop, Matt Nicholls and Amanda McCuloch at Henry Beaufort School in Winchester 
Amanda McCuloch, 26, who works at Bovis Homes’ Nightingale View location on Priestley Road, was part of a team of construction ambassadors from the housebuilder who visited Henry Beaufort School in Winchester.

The Bovis Homes group, which included specialists in sales, marketing and build, talked to parents and pupils about the opportunities available, how to get into the sector and the skills required.

Amanda was particularly pleased to see so much interest in the industry from girls, many of whom were considering a career in engineering.

Amanda, from Sutton Scotney, said: “It was great to be back at school to introduce construction to pupils. They were asking all about apprenticeships, other routes into the industry and what qualifications they need.

“It was fantastic to see a good mix of male and female pupils asking us about the industry and there were a lot more students than parents too, which was a great sign. My former teachers who were there were very impressed with what we were doing too!”

The construction ambassadors, who have participated in a Construction Industry Training Board programme, attend career events in places such as schools and prisons.

Alix Laflin, marketing assistant at Bovis Homes, said more construction ambassadors were needed to help those from all backgrounds enter the industry.

“I think its super-important based on my own experience, as before I started at Bovis Homes I was really unaware of the great opportunities there are in housebuilding,” she said.

“You just don’t know what is out there unless you are given the information you need. I also think that apprenticeship schemes are hugely important and should be talked about a lot more in places, such as prisons, for those who might not necessarily know that this is an option available to them.

“We were all very proud to be at Henry Beaufort School showcasing what opportunities Bovis Homes can offer.”