Cardiff High wins CAVC Design & Construction Challenge

21 April 2015

Cardiff High School pupils win Cardiff and Vale College Design & Construction Challenge

Cardiff and Vale College invited Year 10 pupils from schools across the region to CAVC’s Barry campus to test their construction skills.

The pupils, from Cardiff High School, Western Cardiff Federation School and Cowbridge Comprehensive School took part in the College’s Design & Construction Challenge. Held during National Science and Engineering Week, the competition was designed to give school pupils a taste of the various tasks involved in the construction industry and to show them the value of vocational education.

Each school team was given a training session then shown to a 2.5m2 square plot. They then selected a Project Manager and the teams were split into contractors, each with a different task: paving the floor of the plot; designing and creating a tile mosaic; putting up fencing; and making the letters ‘CAVC’ out of piping as a test of plumbing skills.

Staff and students of the College’s Construction and Engineering Departments were on hand to offer help and advice, but at the cost of golden tickets giving limited time, and taking points off the judging.

The team from Cardiff High School won the challenge, but the judges were extremely impressed by the quality of work and level of commitment from all of the teams. 

“The work on display has been amazing, especially seeing as these pupils have only had a short training session in the various trades,” CAVC Curriculum Director for Construction and Engineering Bradley Tanner said. “Any one of these school pupils could go into a career in brickwork, carpentry, tiling, engineering or plumbing – we have seen the construction technicians of the future right here during this exciting challenge.”