COLLEGE students have laid down the foundations for a career in the building sector after winning a prestigious competition.
Six full-time BTEC Level 3 students from Hartlepool College of Further Education, doing a diploma in Construction & Built Environment, entered a day-long competition run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) which was held at Darlington College.
It was a tough competition, and the fact that the other teams included students who had gained experience through apprentice roles on sites in the past made it even more impressive.Dave Appleton, Hartlepool College
The host college entered two teams, as did Middlesbrough College, while there was also a team from Sunderland College to provide some tough competition for the Hartlepool team.
But it was the students from Hartlepool who came out on top, impressing the judging panel to walk away with the top prize which gives them a chance of a work placement with a view to claiming an apprenticeship role with building firm Clugston Construction. The competition saw the teams working on a site plan from a Clugston Construction project in Barnard Castle, and being asked to identify potential problems with the site before putting forward solutions.
Dave Appleton, who runs the course for Hartlepool College of Further Education, said he was delighted with the team’s success and added: “It was a tough competition, and the fact that the other teams included students who had gained experience through apprentice roles on sites in the past made it even more impressive.
“Each team had a mentor with them throughout the day who they could ask questions to, but they all worked superbly both as a team and individually.”
The Hartlepool College team was made up of Abbie Jackson, Kieran Evans, Katie Bradley, Adam Fairbrother, Andrew Smales and Connor Mitchell.
They are a mixture of first and second year students aged between 17 and 21.
Phill Beaumont, senior vice chair for the North East branch of the CIOB, said: “Each of the colleges put on an excellent presentations, and they all did extremely well throughout the whole day.
“All of the students will be leaders and professionals in the built environment, and if this is the future of our industry then we are in safe hands.
“It was a tough decision for the judges but congratulations to the team from Hartlepool, they were a credit to their college.”