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College hosts construction skills event

Eastleigh College hosted a Construction Skills industry event yesterday which involved students showcasing some final competition work and employers were on hand to meet with those interested in a career in construction. The popular event was the first of its kind and specific to those involved in and wanting to pursue a career in the construction industry, with attendance from college students, school pupils and their parents.

Over 60 Level 2 and Level 3 Eastleigh College Construction students and apprentices took part in a competition which showcased their skills in trades such as design, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing and electrical. Students worked to a brief given by a local employer on a construction task that tested their skills both individually and as a team, working in teams of six they were given just seven days to complete it.

The task involved constructing a brick wall with a radiator and power circuit and students worked on various aspects including brick piers, stud framework, bullnose architrave, square edge skirting, plumbing copper pipework, a radiator and a light and power Circuit.

Judging of the best construction took place at the event with judges Steve Rule, from Carillion, and Bob Price, a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment and Green Technology, from the College.

Tom Wallis, a Level 3 Electrical Installation student, was one of the competition winners and was very pleased with his work adding:

"I was part of the winning team and I thought the whole experience was really good. It was tough doing the work in a short timescale but as part of a team we just got it done. We knew what to do from the skills we learnt on the course. I have also spoken with the employers here today and it's assured me that I definitely want to be an electrician. I've even decided to apply to one of the company's here!" 

Local employers were also exhibiting at the event to allow students, school pupils and parents to find out more about the Construction Industry and discuss career opportunities available. 

Anthony Dimmick, Community Liaison Manager for Barratt Homes, was impressed with the event and said:"My role involves training and Apprenticeships. I think an event like this is important and it's good to see the good quality of the work they do here at Eastleigh College. It's absolutely essential that we have future apprentices in the various trades as the demand is there. Anyone doing an Apprenticeship now or in the near future should have a successful career in front of them."

Employers involved in the event were Applewood Joinery, Eastleigh Borough Council, Lakesmere Ltd, Barratt Homes, Graitec, SSE Enterprise, CITB, Southampton Solent University, Carillion and Axis Architecture. Elliotts Building Suppliers sponsored the winning students.

Allan Davies, Eastleigh College Curriculum Development Project Manager and organiser of the event, commented:

"It was a successful day; we have engaged with local employers and delivered an event that has been geared around them. It was also beneficial for Construction Students, school pupils and their parents as they were able to speak directly with employers about working in the industry, and in some cases have their name in the frame for potential  Apprenticeship opportunities with employers. Future students have been assured that their chosen course here at the College is the right pathway for a successful career."

To find out more about course in construction, come along to the Eastleigh College Open Event on Tuesday 24th March, 4.30-7.30pm.