Greg Sykes the Project Manager at the West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield opened the gates of the project and welcomed local singer songwriter Teri-Ann Prendergast together with a number of students from Wakefield College and gave them access to film the video for a song “Building Your Future”.
It all started when Mark Scott, Director at Futureworks (Yorkshire) met with the young, up and coming singer Terri-Ann Prendergast at the Prince’s Trust Awards in 2014. The delivery of apprenticeships has not been without challenges. The biggest one faced, though, is the image of the industry and its inability to attract talented young people who are put off by the old images of poor conditions, stereo types etc. Mark elaborated:
“The image of construction to young people is that of a bricklayer or carpenter and is very male orientated. This is only a minor part of the story. Construction and the built environment can provide a very real, varied career option to suit young people of all abilities and aspirations.”
So Mark and Terri-Ann got talking about work and aspirations, which led to discussions about using music to promote careers in construction to young people…. The idea was then born!
Terri-Ann began putting lyrics and ideas together and we are now proud to say our initial idea is now a reality as ‘Building Your Future’ is set for release on 1st December 2015! We’ve also had time to shoot a video, working with Bradford based company GVisions, drama students from Wakefield College and Bardsley Construction, who kindly opened up their site in Wakefield.
Greg’s only caveat to filming on the site was that he had to have a starring role.
Watch Greg’s performance in the music video on the link below to see if he has a future in the industry, music or construction?