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Southamptonís Construction Challenge 2012 is a great success with Hampshire students
School and college students tested their entrepreneurship and innovation skills at Southampton City Council in a real life business contest - the Southampton Construction Challenge 2012.
Over 45 students from six schools and colleges in nine teams came together at Southampton City Council to see who could up with the most enterprising idea to transform a brown field site in a densely populated housing estate. The winning team from age group 13 - 16 were from Wildern School - with an idea to create a city farm and community building with exhibition space and leisure facilities. A team from Arnewood School won the 16 - 18 prize, with their idea to build 1-3 bed flat housing development - aimed at students with amenities on site and opportunities for work experience for the students.
The winners received an award from Barbara Compton, Senior Manager- Skills, Economy and Housing Renewal, who said: “Southampton City Council is proud to be associated with this challenge which was organised by Solent Education Business Partnership. The quality of ideas from all the schools was very good and I commend all the students for their hard work innovative ideas.
“The Southampton Challenge 2012 promotes enterprising and innovative capabilities, such as team-working, communication, decision-making and budgeting. This challenge shows that when young people are presented with real-life business experiences and are nurtured properly – they can achieve anything. Very well done to the all the students but especially the winners who presented excellent pieces of work.”
Solent Education Business Partnership organised this collaboration between Schools, Colleges and Construction focused Businesses. The challenge was launched on March 2 with keynote speeches from Morgan Sindall PLC, Capita Symonds and SPUD (Space Place Making and Urban Design) Group. Its aims are to improve the links, interaction and understanding between the business community and local schools and colleges to reflect the needs of business within the curriculum. It also helps give local employers a better understanding of the education system and the quality of their future workforce.
Angela Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Solent Education Business Partnership, said: “This is the first time we’ve worked closely with Southampton City Council alongside those companies involved with the Section 106 agreement. We were delighted to see the different ideas that the students came up with and it was a real opportunity for teams to develop their skills through real life projects. The teams worked with mentors from industry who were able to share their knowledge and experience with the young people.
“We hope that next year we can make it an even bigger and better challenge and continue to work successfully with the council and construction partners to make it a worthwhile and exciting challenge.”
This challenge was funded by Southampton City Council. Sponsors of the event are The RG Group, The Leadbitter Group, and Wates Construction.
The Challenge brief was to:
* Tender a bid to the local council regarding a brown field site within a densely populated housing estate.
* Decide as a team what to build on the site which would best benefit the community.
* The most important consideration of the design must be how sustainable it is.
* The team whose reasons for their choice of build are most convincing will be the overall winners.
The six school taking place were:
* Upper Shirley High School
* St. Georges Catholic College
* Wildern School
* Bittern Park School
* Arnewood School
* Southampton City College
Schools from Southampton and Hampshire were invited to participate in the challenge
Section 106 Agreements are designed to help make sure that new developments enhance local communities and can help to create better quality environments in, which can range from improving roads and building new community facilities, providing training i.e. apprenticeships to creating open spaces and improving local schools etc.