PUPILS from Royds Hall High School, Paddock, were given a chance to learn about the construction industry.
And it was not just strapping lads who took up the challenge. Two girls were among the 12 teenagers who took part in the project to build a flower bed and a bird table.
The day was run by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing in partnership with contractors Keepmoat, Lovell, Connaught, Enterprise and Kirklees Building Services.
Assistant head teacher Sue Renshaw said the day was a great success.
"We had a building workshop in the summer and from that we picked 12 students who were the most enthusiastic," she said.
"The day is fun but there is a serious message to the pupils about their future. There is a lack of people going in to the trades.
"We have pupils who are interested and we are trying to give them a chance."
Dave Woodhead, KNH Partnering manager, said: "Having enough trained staff to handle the growing demand for building work is a top priority for construction companies across the UK. This kind of event gives pupils a taste of what it is all about and hopefully will encourage some of them to take up apprenticeships."