Oktoberfeset with the Atrium Studio School

Challenging stereotypes in construction is a real ‘treat’

There will be no ‘tricks’ but lots of ‘treats’ as the Atrium Studio School holds it’s first ‘Oktoberfest’ on Saturday 13th October (10am -1pm). The family fun day will be filled with free activities such as pumpkin carving and face painting, along with an impressive showcase of the career opportunities in construction.

Based in Ashburton just off the A38, the Atrium opened its doors in 2015 as a school that specialises in the built environment and creative industries (including but not limited to architecture, interior design, ecology, engineering, graphics and marketing and much more). Students enjoy the opportunity to get their homework done in school study support sessions throughout the school day along with embarking on project based learning and regular work experience opportunities. Their unique offer does not just prepare students for a life of tests, but the tests of life.

The School has had numerous success stories since opening including the ‘Young Engineer of the Year, Enterprising Young Devon Award, National Engineering and Science Competition finalists and the Shell Bright ideas challenge. In January 2018, Ofsted judged the school to be ‘Outstanding’ in pupil development, behaviour and welfare and the school also enjoyed receiving it’s GCSE results in the summer demonstrating the success of STEM subjects.

Sam Morcumb, Acting Principal at the Atrium Studio School said: “We want to celebrate our success with the community and we are keen to open our doors to people from all ages and backgrounds as we challenge the stereotypes that can still exist in STEM careers. There will be plenty for all the family with free inflatable fun with crafts and activities throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you there! We are grateful to Building Plymouth, the CITB, Devon Construction training and Construction Excellence for joining with us and supporting the event.”

Emma Hewitt, Skills Co-ordinator for Building Plymouth said: “There are over 180 different roles in the construction and built environment industry and we hope that parents and young people can join us on Saturday to find out about the exciting careers and apprenticeships that are available.”

Employers involved with offering tricks and treats at Oktoberfest include Gilpin Demolition, Kier Construction, Obedair Construction and SWH Group.