27 October 2015

One hundred construction work placements will be offered in Nottinghamshire this academic year thanks to a new partnership between emfec member Central College Nottingham, Broxtowe Borough Council and the council’s construction partner United Living.

Around three construction students a week from the college are gaining practical experience and an opportunity to gain valuable skills in a range of trades including plumbing, joinery, painting, plastering and electrical work.

The students’ efforts will support local communities in residential areas that are administered by Broxtowe Council’s Housing Modernisations Contract - a seven year agreement to upgrade managed homes across West Nottinghamshire. They will be working mostly on projects which involve the replacement of kitchens and bathrooms, as well as upgrades to electrical installations.

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Economic Development, Councillor Richard Jackson said:

“The Council is incredibly proud of this initiative which will equip young people with the valuable skills they need to enter the world of work and we’re delighted to be working for United Living and Central College on this.

"This is just one of many projects the Council has invested in as part of its commitment to jobs and business growth and we also have a flourishing apprenticeship programme with more apprentices than ever being employed by the Council.”

Richard Baker, Business Unit Director (Midlands) at United Living, said:

“Investing in future skills is a major priority for United Living and so we’re delighted to be working with Central College Nottingham and Broxtowe Council on this scheme. Not only will this practical experience help to prepare our students for the world of work, it also has the benefit of connecting them with our local communities to provide a real sense of purpose.”

Terry Brickles, Head of School for Construction at Central College Nottingham, said:

“Central offers hands-on construction training at our Beeston Centre, but industry work experience helps us prepare students for the world of work. Partnerships such as this go towards developing the next generation of skilled trades professionals.”

The scheme follows the success of a similar trial project held this summer, which saw 12 students on electrical courses attending housing refurbishment sites in Broxtowe to complete 15 hours each of practical experience.