School construction competition postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

A construction competition for Year 9 pupils from schools across Swansea has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Swansea Bay Construction Support Group (SBCSG), had organised the competition in collaboration with Careers Wales’ Business Class project.

The competition was going to consist of a series of heats in schools across Neath Port Talbot and Swansea, culminating in a final on April 1 at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre, Swansea.

During each heat, pupils were to work in teams to complete construction-related tasks. Eight schools across Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot were to participate: Dylan Thomas Community School, Ysgol Bae Baglan, Ystalyfera, Pentrehafod, Birchgrove, Bishopston, Dwr-Y-Felin and Pontardulais.

Gemma Mineur, training officer at Swansea Bay Construction Support Group, said:

“We’re very sad to have had to make this decision – I know that everyone involved was very excited about taking part. However, with the closure of schools and the risk of bringing together groups of people in close proximity, there was no doubt that we had to postpone the competition this year. We hope we will be able to re-arrange it at a later date. Its aim was to promote interest in careers in construction and we will continue our work to raise awareness of the many exciting opportunities that exist within our sector. I would like to thank all those who helped to support the project, including Coastal Housing, Interserve, Morganstone, V&C (SW) Ltd, Andrew Scott, John Weaver and Cyfle Building Skills.”