Chance to get hands-on training at £22m Beverley project

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Students with a passion for engineering are being offered the chance to put their training into action by working on Beverley’s £22million Integrated Transport Plan.

The free construction training experience is organised by East Riding College and will offer a limited number of people the chance to make site visits and enable learners to gain new skills and work experience on a major live project.

The training is aimed at people who are interested in this growth industry, whether they are young people or adults, including those who are out of work or facing redundancy.

Ian Frear, head of construction at the College, said: “This really is a unique opportunity for learners to gain qualifications recognised by the construction industry on-site in a major ongoing civil engineering project.

“The occupations of civil engineering and general construction operatives are two of the projected growth areas within the industry over the next five years and this is a chance for learners to get a foothold within this fast paced, exciting sector.”

Some students have already benefitted from a site visit Joinery student Kim Hornshaw, 23, from Beverley, said: “Being in the construction trade is all about hands-on learning and watching projects grow and develop before your eyes.

“This course is a great opportunity to be a part of something that will both benefit Beverley and help learners to develop valuable, practical skills for the future.”

Starting in February, the course will be open to 15, 16 to 18-year-old learners and 25 aged 19 and over who are successful in their application. It is free to 16 to 18-year-olds and to adults who are unemployed and who fit a range of other criteria.

They will gain the Level Two Diploma in General Construction Operations, improve their essential skills in maths and English and work towards the Construction Skills Card Scheme, the industry standard for on-site workers.

Applications for the course must be submitted by February 10. For more information or to request an application form, call 0845 120 0037 or go to www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk/bitp.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshiie Council, said: “This is a great initiative between East Riding College and Birse Civils and will allow a number of local young people to develop skills and practical experience in the construction industry, which was one of the council’s key objectives when tendering for the scheme.”


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