Students Tree-ated to Outdoor Planting Lessons



Colleagues from Fusion rolled their sleeves up to give a class of willing students from Bucks UTC (University Technology College) a valuable lesson in tree planting on a plot of rural land in east Aylesbury recently.

The students from Year 10 and 11 took full advantage of the experience, which included an introduction to field-based health and safety practices. It then moved onto planting the trees themselves, also learning how to protect them by erecting guards and wooden stakes.

The activity is part of Fusion’s Skills, Employment and Education (SEE) strategy which incorporates school engagement, recruiting apprentices, supporting the National Colleges, creating work experience placements and tackling joblessness.

The eight Fusion colleagues who volunteered on the day were joined by a duo from Thomson Habitats, who are among the subcontractors working on the HS2 (High Speed 2) project.

“The students really seemed to enjoy the time they spent with us,” said Becky Tranter, Fusion’s SEE Manager. “After lunch, they couldn’t wait to get back outside to see and learn more. It was again a very rewarding experience.”

As a UTC, the Bucks branch is working to channel secondary education to more closely align with the demands of industry, fusing the requirements of the national curriculum with more technical, practical and vocational learning.

Vince Mealing, the UTC staff member that supported the work party, said: “The students came back telling other students about what they had done and learned during their time, demonstrating their value of the opportunity to work. I understand from a couple of students that they were asking questions about jobs and the possibility of further work experience. This echoes our vision and values of working with you as employers.”

Fusion is a joint venture between three leading businesses, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.

Pics caption – Bucks UTC students enjoyed the “rewarding experience.”