Bonjour brickies!

BUILDING BRIDGES: French exchange students and their hosts outside Hartlepool College of Further Education
BUILDING BRIDGES: French exchange students and their hosts outside Hartlepool College of Further Education
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ORGANISATIONS are building international relations with trainee bricklayers from France.

Nine French students are spending three weeks in Hartlepool as part of an exchange programme.

And during that time they are attending lessons and having language tuition at Hartlepool College of Further Education as well as going out on work placements with local companies.

The firms include Housing Hartlepool, Yuill Homes, Jomast and Community Campus.

Mickael Durand and Ludovic Pacouil, from Albi in the South East of France, are taking part in a project with Housing Hartlepool, which is part of Vela Group.

They have been putting their bricklaying abilities into practice at several developments, including homes in Motherwell Road and Gulliver Road.

John Gill, building services manager at Housing Hartlepool, said: “Mickael and Ludovic have proved to be great ambassadors for their training centre and their country.

“Housing Hartlepool staff have enjoyed helping give them an insight into the world of work and the social housing sector in the UK.

“Their work placements have also given Housing Hartlepool employees, including construction apprentices, the opportunity to learn about the cultural, educational and employment differences between here and France.”

Mickael and Ludovic’s visit is part of a two-way exchange between the college and the Albi training centre of Les Compagnons du Devoir.

Mickael said: “Our time with Housing Hartlepool has been very interesting and we are looking forward to telling our friends at the training centre about what we have learned during our stay in the UK.”

The young workers are due to return to their homeland this weekend.