Great Idea for Construction Students

The construction industry is always keen to take on the next generation of workers; skilled people who will carry on to high levels of technique, loyalty as well as determination. What a great idea this college in Cumbria has had to give students a try at all aspects of construction. So they can choose exactly which are they want to specialise in.

Apparently Furness College in Cumbria offers their students a “Construction Carousel”.

School leavers interested in a career in the construction industry are now able to try each specialist field before they settle on what to study.

Furness College has developed an innovative programme enabling its students to try all four areas – carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and also brickwork. Before they decide which one they want to pursue.

After the 10 week ‘carousel’ round the four areas they can then pick one and complete a City and Guilds Level 1 Award and Diploma in Construction Skills.

Graeme Shaw, who leads construction at the college, said all the construction trades were in high demand in the area.

“The work our students produce enables them to go into industry with top quality skills. But we know not all 16 year olds are sure what to specialise in so this course has been restructured to make sure they get a taste of everything before they decide.”

We think this is a great idea for all areas of study. It is a tough industry, as many are, and students need to be the right fit for their career choice. This “try before you buy” option is a perfect idea for all students!

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