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    Six budding young builders have been given a fun ‘taster’ into the world of work thanks to Incommunities.


    The youngsters, aged 8 to 13, joined their parents and other relatives (1 November) to have a go at some basic building skills.


    The half-term event was hosted by staff at the housing group’s Construction Training Centre and marked the start of the housing group’s celebrations for International Men’s Day and International Children’s Day, next month.


    During the session, the youngsters – all relatives of staff from Incommunities and their partners, Sadeh Lok – made wooden tables under the supervision of skilled trade professionals. They were also asked to show their creative skills making their own table tops using tiles.


    Amongst the participants were youngsters from Incommunities partners, Sadeh Lok housing association in Huddersfield.


    Nine-year-old Harry from Cowling came along with his dad Roger Garnett, a joiner with the group’s Building Services and made and decorated two tables – one had a draughts design on top and the other a clock for the football team he plays for, Sutton Juniors.


    He said: “It’s been great learning different building skills and spending time with my dad at his work.”


    Construction trainer and joiner Jamie Logan was joined by his son Angus (9) who said taking part had made him think even more about being a designer.


    Project Support Officer, Kully Kooner from Sadeh Lok brought along her young son, Rowan and daughter Maiya.


    Rowan said: “It’s been better than I thought it would be as I’ve been able to make a table and been shown by builders how things are put together.”


    Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive, said: “We are always keen to encourage our younger generation to reach their potential and this year it was lovely to be joined by youngsters from Sadeh Lok.


    “This taster day gave the boys and girls the chance to get a real hands-on experience of the world of work.


    “It was also a great way to show our support for both International Men’s Day and Children’s Day and hopefully it’s inspired these young people to start to think about the exciting career possibilities ahead of them.”


    International Men’s Day takes place on 19th November and International Children’s Day takes place the day after.