Students can put skills into practice
STUDENTS from across the South West will vie to be crowned the most promising future sustainable developers in an event at Plymouth University.
Ten schools will take part in the RICS South West Schools Competition, next Wednesday.
It aims to give young people studying subjects such as geography, business and design, the chance to increase their knowledge of sustainable development and apply it to practical projects.
Brian Pilkington, lecturer in energy and sustainability in the built environment at Plymouth University, said: "Students – in schools and at the university – are always looking for ways to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real projects.
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"This competition provides a perfect opportunity to do that, and students will gain valuable experience for their careers."
Students will work in teams of four to develop a site within Plymouth, draw up plans for it, with support from lecturers and industry experts, and then be expected to make posters and presentations covering four areas: community, environment, economy and public relations.
These will be judged by experts including chartered surveyors, academics and business representatives, with prizes for the winning team.
Luay Al-Khatib, RICS director south, said: "RICS South West is sponsoring the competition for the 11th year running and pleased such a high number of establishments have signed up.
"Inspiring young people through fun and interesting 'real life' projects is a fantastic way to help them increase their employability skills.
"As a leading professional body, RICS believes a combined approach of teaching and practical experience is fundamental to ensuring a continued stream of quality high school graduates into university and working life.
"It is important to educate today's generation with such vital skills, to help prepare them as much as possible for the rigours of the professional world."