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Idsall Students Gain Insight into Construction Industry

Students from Idsall had a taste of life in the construction industry thanks to an innovative game designed by graduates from a leading homebuilder.

Representatives from Barratt and David Wilson Homes Mercia recently led a session at Idsall’s Skills Centre where students from years 11 to 13 took on the roles of house builders. The students were divided into teams of six as they acted as project managers to work their way through all aspects of creating a development, from planning to building, before finishing the class by building a model home.

The game was designed specifically for secondary school students to give them an insight into the construction industry and the various jobs on offer. The session was conducted by three employees from Barratt and David Wilson Homes, Jess Faulkner, a Marketing Manager, Harry Pearson, a Commercial Apprentice and Philippa Stewart, a Sales Manager.

John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes said: “It was fantastic for David Wilson Homes to go into Idsall School and hopefully inspire the next generation of homebuilders. The game has been designed to engage students in all stages of building a housing development and I hope it gave them the chance to see the many varied roles which are part of the industry to consider as a career in the future.” David Wilson Homes are currently building homes at Coppice Meadows on Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal. For more information on careers with David Wilson Homes, please visit

Graham Northall of Idsall said “this has been a fantastic opportunity for some of the learners to get a better insight into how the construction industry works from a company’s point of view. The students can now see how much work and effort goes into the planning stage along with the costings and planning of material.  We are also pleased to report on recent Diploma successes whereby 5 students achieved Level 2 in Bricklaying, 7 Level 2 in Multi-Skills, and 12 year 11 students have achieved Level 1 in Construction, as well as selected students being accepted on to Barratt Homes’ apprenticeship scheme.”

See for more details on construction industry courses at Idsall.

Pictured are Philippa Stewart and Harry Pearson with Idsall construction students.