Whilst working effectively in partnership with West Cheshire College and their work experience and Construction teams, we realised that we had access to further potential. As we were already working perfectly for work experience placements, college support days and site visits, we decided to create long lasting legacies and retain our partnership, in hope long after our local Chester Bus Interchange project has completed.
It’s quite common practice to make the most of opportunities for students via site visits and work experience, it’s also common practice to meet the needs of our supply chain who can also benefit from such placements.
We decided to approach the skills gap in a new and fresh approach by listening and understanding to Tutor/Lecturer needs and what experience Tutors and lecturers have of the Industry and Construction sites. It quickly became apparent that it is virtually none and we believe that is a real skills gap as the educational professionals are preparing our new intakes within the industry.
In order to assist this shortfall we arranged for our first Professional Development Day to occur on-site as an all day event for the construction tutors.
This day gave them real insight into the industry, understanding of how different trades work/fuse together and the all important H&S practices and legislations. The majority of the tutor’s construction experience came from domestic backgrounds and knowledge and the H&S alone varies significantly between Commercial and Domestic Construction.
Entry submitted by GRAHAM Construction
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