On the morning of 18 June, Y9 students from Beverley Grammar School enjoyed free range of the Diggerland Yorkshire park.
Their VIP visit was awarded as a prize for winning the Humber TeenTech challenges. No attractions proved unpopular with the pupils. Rides included being swung around in the shovel of the Ground Shuttle, going on ‘safari’ through thickets and over rough terrain past 2 unperturbed Wakefield ponies, and being lifted 50 feet in mid-air to enjoy spectacular views of the park and beyond. All activities also provided real experience of what working on a building site involves, and the different skills needed. The students appeared to discover that digging the dirt is not just an activity confined to celebrity media but is far more satisfying when real dirt and real diggers are involved.
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Students then moved on to the Wakefield College Skills Xchange for a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the Construction and Engineering workshops led by College tutors, who explained the various routes and different levels of qualifications available, such as the higher apprenticeships offering a route either directly into the industry or on to a foundation degree.
Mark Butcher rounded up the tour by asking the Beverley Grammar students if they had any more questions. Clearly inspired by what they’d just been shown, more than one student responded with, “When can I start?”