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Generous donation helps train future professionals

Thanks to the generous donations from Form Construction in Portsmouth, Eastleigh College Construction and Plumbing students will benefit from using high-quality materials during their training.

With too many good-quality products going to waste, Form Construction has worked with the College to reduce their amount of project waste and support the industry’s future professionals. The company has donated equipment which includes plumbing tanks and kitchen fittings for students to train with, which will enhance their skills and knowledge and prepare them for the workplace.

Apprenticeships are an opportunity for students to gain practical experience at college, with the opportunity to ask teaching staff for help before putting their skills into practice in employment. Vinnie, a Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery apprentice highlights how using the equipment has already helped him prepare for his future. He comments, “Being able to fit a kitchen with the materials used in the industry has helped me for when I’m on site and actually doing it in my future career. It’s good practice to try it at college before doing it on my own in the workplace and it’s also given me the confidence that I can work independently.”

Matt Thomson, Managing Director at Form Construction highlights the importance of supporting students who are keen to progress into the construction industry. He explains, “The students will get hands-on experience of the products they’re working with and when they are qualified they will have the skills and confidence needed to carry out the jobs required in their role.” He adds, “We’re definitely more likely to employ students from Eastleigh College, knowing they’re trained effectively and with experience using materials used in the industry.”

To find out more about the courses offered at Eastleigh College, please visit the careers page