Students’ role in ‘staggering’ amount of Hartlepool projects

CONSTRUCTION students from Hartlepool College of Further Education get to grips with a project
CONSTRUCTION students from Hartlepool College of Further Education get to grips with a project

TALENTED construction students are helping to complete important projects across Hartlepool.

The students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have been on work experience projects and college chiefs said they had “completed a staggering amount of work” already this year. The impressive work has included a shopfitting exercise within the vacant Jacksons Landing. It was done as part of the preparations for the Tees Valley training exercise conducted by the uniform services earlier this month.

CONSTRUCTION students from Hartlepool College of Further Education

CONSTRUCTION students from Hartlepool College of Further Education

It has also included bricklaying students helping at Hartlepool & District Hospice and at a local primary school, and there is more on the way.

In April, students from all construction trades will help to build West Hartlepool Rugby Club’s new Players’ Bar which is on top of the ongoing development on Catcote Road under the supervision of college tutors and local builder John Painter.

Work experience is also pencilled in with the Kier Group developments who are working on three new schools in the area and working with the New Deal for Communities by renovating social housing properties ready for occupancy.

Head of construction trades at the college, Sean Johnston, said: “Work experience at this level is very different to that I remember from school. Our students have trade skills that they are able to apply successfully on site to the benefit of our partners.”

Head of building services, Jason Emmerson, said: “Our apprenticeships are successful as we are providing robust four year apprenticeships in the construction trades with excellent companies who are committed to maintaining training standards.”

Assistant principal Steve Wallis said that, while work experience is nothing new, college tutors are also pressing ahead with advances in learning technology.

That is because they have been selected to take part in a national project to develop on-line resources for brickwork.

Brickwork tutors Andy Hethrington and Dave Appleton are leading the project and Steve said: “The project involves the design of resources that will be uploaded to a national on-line resource called Jorum in March.

“We are presently filming and preparing material that will be used and its great to get the students involved.”