Coventry students get behind controls of a bulldozer as part of demolition experience

Students from a Coventry school got behind the controls of a bulldozer as they took time out from the classroom to experience the world of demolition.

Competition winners from The Westwood Academy found out about careers in the demolition industry and used a demolition plant simulator at AR Demolition Headquarters, in Nuneaton.

Ten students, aged 14 and 15, from The Westwood Academy visited AR Demolition after winning a competition held at their careers fair late last year.

It was organised by us after AR Demolition played a key role in the organisation’s new £10million Mulberry Gardens housing scheme in Papenham Green, Canley.

Claire Hardwick, our Head of Customer Involvement & Engagement, said: “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this competition and it witness the children’s thrilled faces when experiencing the demolition plant simulator at AR Demolition Headquarters.

“The Westwood Academy is in an area where we have a new redevelopment project so we’re extremely keen to build relationships and invest in the local community. I’d like to thank The Westwood Academy for giving us the opportunity to have a stand at their careers fair and for allowing us to educate their pupils in the construction industry.

“It’s certainly been a different day and one to remember. Hopefully we’ll have given the children food for thought for their future career choices.”

Sally Hodge, Head of Careers at The Westwood Academy, says: “The trip to AR Demolition gave our pupils a fabulous insight into the demolition industry and they found the interactive experience of using the demolition simulator really exciting.

“We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved in setting up the trip, experiences such as these are vital for our pupils to see the world of opportunities available to them.”

Patricia Sloneczny, Development Director at AR Demolition, said: “It’s great to see our prize finally come to fruition following on from our attendance with WM Housing Group to the Westwood Academy Careers Fair.

“It was a great day having the winners on site. We showcased some of our high-profile projects and the students enjoyed some time lapse videos. They were a pleasure to have around and were clearly very engaged.

“The academy should be proud of these young people. Hopefully we have planted some seeds of knowledge about our industry for the student’s future career choices.”

As well as the demolition plant simulator experience children from Westwood Academy were also treated to goody bags and a book token from AR Demolition to round off a very different day at school.

Following on from the success of the AR Demolition day we will be working with The Westwood Academy to offer work experience placements for students throughout the February half term and the summer holidays.