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Highways England inspire next generation of workers

Highways England hosted its first school open day at its Regional Operations Centre at Avonmouth in a bid to inspire the next generation of transport professionals.

A group of around of 24 pupils aged between aged 10 and 11 from St Werburgh’s in Bristol joined traffic officers, engineers and managers for a comprehensive tour of the Centre and took part in business skills workshops and learnt more career opportunities with Highways England.

Highways England has been working with St Werburgh’s Primary School for a number of years, taking part in annual careers events, which also involved Year 6 pupils from Cabot Primary School, Glenfrome Primary School and St Barnabas Church of England Primary.

Highways England technical leader and event organiser Garry Packer, said: “I’m very focused on raising children’s aspirations and confidence so that they will see their potential, and this open day was an ideal way of doing that while promoting Highways England as a great place to work.

“The pupils were really enthusiastic, asking thought-provoking and interesting questions and getting stuck into the workshops, which included sessions on communication, visioning the future and teamwork.

“I really believe that by engaging children from a young age, the next generations will be more interested in a whole range of transport related careers and that can’t be a bad thing when over 25 per cent of school leavers need to take up science or engineering to meet the demand in the South West region alone.”

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