Students secure 15 Work Placements

On Wednesday 2nd April, local industry experts and local school year 11 pupils joined Tameside College Construction Trades, Carpentry and Joinery and Brickwork Departments at a specialist work placement event which hopefully will lead to a number of new Apprenticeships for the Tameside Region.

This is the second year Tameside College Construction Trades have been privileged to run ‘Pathway to Construction’.   Pathway to Construction provides full-time college students attending a construction-based course with a work experience placement as a first step towards employment. Employers that offer placements are funded for a 10 week period and are given the opportunity to test the student’s suitability for a fully employed Apprenticeship.  ‘Pathway to Construction’ is a collaboration between CITB-Construction Skills, the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) and The Federation of Master Builders. 

On the day, Festool and Hitachi allowed college learners, school pupils and employers to try the latest power tool technology in the Construction Department’s realistic working environment.

Carpentry and Joinery students provided demonstrations with school learners and local employers.   All school learners put their power tools training to good use to make their very own bird box.

The event proved to be a huge success with Droylsden Academy student, Anthony Lynch commenting; “I really enjoyed today, and this has now made me rethink my chosen career.”

Alex Howson also from Droylsden Academy stated; “This was a good experience, with some very good information on the Construction industry."