A new initiative has been hailed a success for enticing youngsters into construction careers.
Industry specialists have praised a recent School Engagement Day, which united them with pupils to help bridge the skills gap in the sector.
The Civil Engineering Training Group North East worked with construction company Esh Group, training company Trainbase and Northumberland County Council to organise the event.
A total of 85 students from Meadowdale Academy in Bedlington attended the day at Trainbase’s construction training facility near Bedlington.
Carole Richards, of Northumberland County Council, said: “This kind of engagement between schools and businesses is extremely important for students’ learning and to help raise awareness of career choices.
“Allowing students to go off-timetable and see these jobs first hand can help them choose the right GCSEs so that they don’t go down the wrong career path.
“Following the success of the event we hope to be able to repeat it and reach out to more schools in the area.”
Students took part in an array of hands-on activities, and Trainbase carried out plant demonstrations and a careers activity.
Other activities included a bridge building exercise, spot the skills, a plant simulator experience and a construction industry myth-buster challenge.
Tony Rutherford, director and centre manager at Trainbase, said: “Through this event we are looking to change perceptions of construction jobs amongst young people and really showcase the wide range of fantastic career opportunities that are available in the sector.”