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Hemingway calls on kids to create

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway has launched an initiative to persuade schoolchildren to join the ranks of designers in construction.

The man trying to shake up Britain's house building took a 'design masterclass' on Monday with a group of 14-year-olds as part of the Construction Industry Training Board's new schools competition, Creative Spaces.

The initiative sets schoolchildren at Key Stage Three - aged 11-14 - the challenge of 'redesigning their classrooms for the 21st century'. It aims to give them a 'taste of the excitement of working in the construction industry from design to build'.

'We are becoming a nation obsessed by celebrity and socalled glamorous professions, ' Hemingway said after the class at Mount Carmal School in London's Archway. 'We are in danger of losing the skills that are vital to the nation. Creative Spaces offers pupils a great opportunity to get involved in construction and find out how creative working in the construction industry is.'

The winning school will receive free construction work to the value of £50,000 and a 'chance to see their designs become a reality'.

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