Hartlepool College helps students kickstart careers in construction

Rebecca Hodge, left, and Klaudia Robinson with Steve Laughton on the construction site of the new Cleveland Fire Brigade HQ in Hartlepool.
Rebecca Hodge, left, and Klaudia Robinson with Steve Laughton on the construction site of the new Cleveland Fire Brigade HQ in Hartlepool.

Two students proved they could stand the heat after setting their sights on their new careers.

Rebecca Hodge, 17, and Klaudia Robinson, 16, are both in the first year of diplomas in construction and the built environment at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Both teenagers hope to work as quantity surveyors when they complete their studies, and have spent time working on the construction of the new Cleveland Fire Brigade headquarters at Queens Meadow Business Park, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, to gain some vital experience.

The site, which is being constructed by international building firm ISG, was started in March this year and is due for completion July 2016.

Rebecca said: “I enjoy being part of a project from start to finish, that is why I’m attracted to being a quantity surveyor, because when the project is finished you also get involved with the financial side of things.”

Klaudia added: “I have my heart set on a career as a quantity surveyor, it’s been very beneficial to get the opportunity to work on this site with ISG.”

Lecturer David Johnson said: “On behalf of Hartlepool College I would like to thank ISG for taking the time to accommodate our students and provide essential experience that is valuable to their future as construction professionals.”

Steve Laughton, projects manager for ISG, added: “We have built up a strong relationship with Hartlepool college over the years, and as a company we are committed and passionate about supporting and benefitting the communities that we are working in.

“As a company we can open doors for the students, and if they are suited to a career in the construction trade – be it ‘on the tools’ or in the case of Rebecca and Klaudia on the other side of the business – then we can help them get on the career ladder.”

For more information about Hartlepool College of Further Education, call 01429 295111 or email enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk