Construction event ‘lays foundation’ for industry success

Construction event ‘lays foundation’ for industry success

Tameside College hosts successful ‘pathway to construction’ event, for local employers in the sector.

The event was held to secure work placements for construction students and apprentices and solve a shortage of skills in bricklaying, carpentry and civil engineering.

Employers also took part in a trade show, whilst students competed in a ‘skills show’, displaying their talents in front of judges in a series of competitions.

Competition winners were awarded prizes, donated by employers, which included: tool kits, bricklaying equipment and workwear.

Carl Shaw, head of department for construction at Tameside College, gave employers key information about why it is a good opportunity for them to support the scheme: “Events such as this today are reliant on employer support and I would like to thank those here today, for working with us. It is important to do all we can to support students with work placements and routes into apprenticeships. Together we can ensure students with professional skills progress into these future vacancies.”

Tameside College will open its brand new £10 million construction skills centre in 2021, to meet demand for skilled employees in the industry. With continued growth in the sector and an increasing number of employees retiring, the UK construction industry needs to attract 43,000 new recruits every year, for the next five years to fill these gaps.

If you’d like to find out more about full time or apprenticeship courses at Tameside College, call 0161 908 6600.

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