Students cement the foundations of their careers – FE News

Students cement the foundations of their careers

STUDENTS at Middlesbrough College are literally building their own futures by getting their hands on a multi-million pound project to improve their campus.

Budding bricklayers helped build parts of the College’s new digital center, construction skills center, and extensive catering facilities.

Under the watchful eye of professionals at Surgo Construction, students worked on construction through industry internships designed to equip them with the skills and experience necessary to be successful in the industry.

Katharine Hawking, Manager of T-Level Work Experience and Industry Internships at Middlesbrough College, said: “We work closely with hundreds of employers to create high quality internships for our students in different areas.

“But it is unusual for an internship to literally be on the doorstep of college!

“We were delighted when Surgo gave us the opportunity to offer our students a unique chance, not only to develop their skills, but also to create a part of their own college. “

Speaking about the importance of providing students with hands-on experience, Surgo Director Martin Blight said: “Encouraging young people in the industry is essential to ensure its future sustainability, so I am delighted that we can offer this practical opportunity.

“The best way to learn the art of masonry is with hands-on experience and that means students will remember one of their first practical tasks every time they walk past the building in the future. “

Level 3 bricklaying students Chloe Fitton and Lewis Glass were among those who put into practice the knowledge and skills they learned in college, while Surgo site director Andrew Laidler was on hand to supervise their work and offer practical advice.

The Construction Center, which is slated to open in early 2022, will accommodate students studying new T-level qualifications – the technical alternative to A-levels that provides learners with a minimum of 45 days of on-the-job experience.

Tutors from the college will use the Center to teach students about tools, techniques, and materials.

Practical skills such as masonry, carpentry, paving, roofing and plumbing are all taught by tutors with extensive industry experience.

In addition to the delivery of the construction center, Surgo recently completed work on an 11,800 square foot £ 3.1million extension to the college’s STEM center.


For more information contact Tom Keighley of Cool Blue Brand Communications at or 07703 684583

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