Plastering Students Given On The Job Training
U.K – Three students learning plastering at East Durham College’s Technical Academy were given the chance by construction company Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) to gain some valuable work experience in their Peterlee branch. The students were able to work on one of FHM’s current contracts – the renovation of the Westgrove Resources Centre in Seaham.
Rob Hutchinson of the academy, which is based in Peterlee’s South West Industrial Estate, believed that the work experience was a great opportunity for some of the academy students to get a real taste of life as a professional plasterer. Anthony Wilson of FHM agreed and added that he enjoyed working alongside the students and that if there were any vacancies with the company then they would be ideal candidates.
Two of the students, John Williamson and John Carr, both 24, were unemployed but through East Durham College’s Routes to Work programme, they were accepted into the academy. The programme equips jobseekers with qualifications and skills in order to help them secure a job. It has been piloted in East Durham and has already helped 100 people to gain employment.
Liam Measor, a student studying towards his Level 1 plastering diploma praised the Routes to Work Programme for giving him the opportunity to learn the trade inside the academy and outside with construction companies like FHM. Measor also commended the academy’s staff on their excellent teaching and advising him on how he can start his own business in the plastering trade. The training at FHM improved his confidence and Measor now believes he has a promising career as a plasterer.
Contracts manager of FHM, Andy Cameron, stated that he is happy that FHM can help students to get some real life experience so they can build on their skills in order to attract prospective employers. One of the students’ plastering tutors, Derek Champley, praised the students on the high quality of their work and the professional manner that they maintained through their placement.
The Technical Academy also offers training courses in other construction trades. Courses in gas, electrics, tiling and fitted interiors are also available to prospective students.
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