Richmond building firm aims to inspire young people to join construction industry

Richmond building contractor and developer Randall Orchard Construction has joined a nationwide campaign to encourage people to consider a career in the sector, which is expected to create over 220,000 new jobs in the next five years.

The company is supporting the Go Construct campaign which aims to encourage more people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in the industry.

Richmond School pupils were invited to visit Randall Orchard’s former Richmond House Care Home site in Richmond last week.

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The six pupils were accompanied by Liz Mannion, careers manager and Mr Dawson, resistant materials teacher.

They met with Anne Singleton, ROC contracts manager, Christine Pilkington, contracts admin, Mick Williams, site manager, and Kevin Knights, site manager, who showed them around the site giving them a first-hand experience of how a construction site operates on a daily basis.

Anne Singleton, contracts manager at Randall Orchard said: “The site tour was a great success for the students who came.  I’ve been in the business for over 20 years and had a really enjoyable career in the industry.

“We are starting to see skill shortages emerging and that’s not going to be good for business or the economy.

“We want to show these young people that construction is open for business and can offer them a secure and financially rewarding career.”

She added that as the construction industry gears up to deliver more homes, schools and offices, it needs to build a smarter and greener infrastructure.

More than ever, construction needs to inspire and win over young people to help meet these challenges, Anne said.

Liz Mannion, from Richmond School, said: “We really enjoyed the visit today and everyone learnt a lot.

“Thank you to everyone involved for making us so welcome and thank you for taking so much time to explain everything in detail.”