College students are gaining real-life experience in renovating properties as they prepare for trades careers thanks to a new partnership.
We have teamed up with the Construction Career College in Gainsborough to give hands-on opportunities to the future generation of tradespeople.
Students from the College, which is part of the Lincoln College Group, are being given the chance to renovate and refurbish some of our empty properties so they can be re-let to people in the area.
The project, funded by Teach Too, sees groups of around 20 students work alongside our tradespeople in Prime, giving them practical, real-life skills as they train for their qualifications.
The first renovation was completed in May, with students fitting a new kitchen, refurbishing a bathroom, and undertaking plastering and decorating in a flat in one of our sheltered accommodation schemes in Gainsborough. Participating students were presented with a certificate and Screwfix vouchers by our Chief Executive Greg Bacon at a small ceremony following the work.
Work on a further two properties is planned before the summer, including a major redevelopment to turn a three-bedroom property into a more spacious two-bedroom property.
Jill Dickson, our Volunteer and Employability Coordinator, said: “This project is all about giving young people direct experience of today’s industry so they’re ready to hit the ground running when they qualify and enter the workplace. We’re committed to developing the next generation of multi-skilled tradespeople.”
Rick Long, Head of Career Colleges at Lincoln College, said “This is a perfect example of real collaboration between employer and educator, both investing to create inspiring opportunities for young people.”
Kieran Cowan, one of the College students to participate, said: “It has been a privilege to be part of this project, I have gained valuable on-site experience.”
Gainsborough College’s Construction Career College is currently recruiting for its September 2017 intake. Apply now for training that will lead to lucrative, secure careers in the construction industry. Visit www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/our-colleges/construction-career-college for more information.
Take a look at the video below to see how the students got on and hear from our very own Paul Exton.