Our Highways Business Unit are building roads into schools by delivering interactive site safety talks and sessions aimed at inspiring children to be engineers of the future.
Framework Manager, Paul Devine and Public Liaison Officer, Paul Valentine are currently working on behalf of Highways England in Newark, where essential safety and maintenance works are being carried out on three roundabouts on the A46.
The team recently visited three schools across Newark to deliver interactive sessions with mainly year 5 / 6 children.
Schools visits took place on Tuesday 7 May 2019, at Mount CofE primary, John Hunt Primary and the Hope House School, Newark.
Children learnt how Highways England connects people, families’ communities and businesses by designing, building and maintaining the counties major roads and motorways.
Children then had chance to try on Personal Protection Equipment (hard hats, high vis clothes, ear defenders etc.) before taking part in a role play where they were asked to play the role of working nights on the Friendly Farmer roundabout in Newark.
Paul Valentine said “the children quickly learnt about the importance of traffic management and on-site safety”.
“the message we give around site safety is important, the role play really helps children explore the dangers of roads and entering road work sites – we have been really impressed with the level of engagement and enthusiasm shown by the children across the schools”
Paul Devine, framework manager added “I have really enjoyed being able to talk to young people about the various engineering roles needed to complete our work and to help show that a career in engineering is open to people from all backgrounds”
Highways England Project Manager, Steve Longden commented: “This is a great event offering schoolchildren the chance to learn about exciting professions they may previously have known little about.
“Pupils and teachers have seen the essential safety and maintenance work being carried out on three A46 islands for Highways England in Newark and this is an excellent opportunity for us to explain what we do as awhole, what we are doing in their community and for them to ask questions.”
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