Countryside invites sixth-form students to its South Oxhey Central development to learn about careers in housebuilding and construction


Countryside recently hosted a group of sixth-form students from Hatch End High School at South Oxhey Central.

Eight students and two teachers were invited to the development to learn about construction and housebuilding, the different careers the sector offers, and the qualifications required.

Hatch End High School is a high-performing comprehensive school in Harrow, with a rich history of tradition, as well as a reputation for embracing new technologies and innovations. The school works hard to ensure its students make exceptional progress and achieve outstanding outcomes, so they are able to live fulfilling and successful lives.

The students were given a brief overview of South Oxhey Central, followed by a presentation from Joe Brennen of Joe Brennan Training (JBT). JBT is an apprenticeship, training and employment support programme that helps people earn trade qualifications. Joe spoke about apprenticeships in the construction industry, helping the students to understand the different training and employment options open to them.

Following this, the students were kitted out in personal protective equipment before heading onto a viewing platform, and looking out over the site they could ask any further questions. Finally, the future housebuilding stars had the opportunity to lay some bricks – they did a fantastic job and really enjoyed the process!

At Countryside, we know how important it is to inspire future generations of young people to enter construction and housebuilding, whether that is by introducing students to the wide range of housebuilding careers available, or by offering the chance to see a construction site in person. We hope the sixth-form students found the day engaging and inspiring, and that we see them soon applying to train and work with Countryside.