PUPILS at a Reading school have been brushing up on their building site and roadside safety knowledge with the help of a health and safety expert from Miller Homes Southern.

The Year 7 pupils from Willink School in Burghfield took part in an interactive talk with Miller Homes’ health, safety and environmental manager, John Custance.

He covered everything from safety on construction sites to career opportunities in the construction industry.

Miller Homes’ brand new neighbourhood, Burghfield Park, is just a short walk from the school.

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John said: "At the heart of our job is working closely with the community to ensure families are clued up when it comes to safety.

"For us, safety is our utmost priority, both on a construction site and for the residents who live in the nearby community, and so visits to education facilities like The Willink School are at the top of our list when a build begins.

"The pupils proved to be really engaged in the discussion, asking questions throughout the workshop.

"Developing strong links within the local community is so important to Miller Homes, and we're really happy to help in any way we can."

Head of PSHE at Willink School, Eve Mace, added: "We're so pleased John was able to meet with our year seven pupils and share his advice and guidance.

"The discussion reminded the students of the importance of roadside and construction site safety, a topic that is particularly important during the summer holidays and as more neighbourhoods and facilities are created in the area.

"John's presentation also informed students about the possibilities of a career in construction, discussing the variety of roles on offer and routes to enter into the industry.

"In a few years' time, these students will be embarking on their first experience of the world of work, and John’s insightful advice will hopefully be helpful to their development, whatever career path they each decide to take."

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