SCHOOLCHILDREN descended on Scissett to learn the tricks of the building trade.
Two groups of 14- year-olds from Woodkirk High School in Wakefield visited Noble Homes at Barnsley Road.
They were given hands-on experience of tasks such as bricklaying, concrete mixing, levelling and other skills needed to build a house from scratch.
They also learned how to create a new house in the style of an older property, using traditional materials.
The visit was part of a two-day excursion for the students, organised by the school, the Federation of Master Builders and the Promoting Construction in West Yorkshire Training Group.
The aim was to promote building as a career, to fill a skills shortage.
Bill Ossitt, from the training group, said: "We covered everything from traditional craft skills to high-tech skills, like laser levelling. It's not just a dirty old job, it's a varied, interesting career.
"We were concerned that students weren't aware of the range of possibilities."