Tuesday, February 15th saw a group of 26 Truro College Construction students visit North Quay to experience a working building site.
The students were shown around the site by Site Manager Justin Rose and trainee Site Manager Abbey Hoskin and were able to observe the various tradespeople working on the apartments, gaining some real-life experience of what they may expect when entering the world of work.
The multi-skills students have completed their first modules of carpentry and bricklaying and will be moving on to plastering. One of the students I chatted to told me that he hadn’t been inspired by carpentry but felt that bricklaying was where his skills could be best used, which is a far cry from his first ambition, to be an actor!
There are currently over 300 students on the Construction course at the College, these students in their first year where they try a range of trades before choosing one to specialise in as they progress through their education. Some appeared to have already identified a trade that they found the most enjoyable and it was a pleasure to see them so enthused by being on a working construction site. The students asked questions and appeared to be interested in how the development was progressing and seemed to be impressed by the site.
It was great to see 3 girls on the course, being shown around Beach House by trainee site manager Abbey, which may have given them food for thought and a realisation that women rising to a management position on-site is attainable. Some of the students asked about the apprenticeship opportunities and how long we anticipate the whole project to take. Many were interested in how much the apartments were to buy and how many of them have already sold. Possibly the most exciting part of the tour was the chance to sit in the telehandler and toot the horn! All of the students were a credit to their tutors and the college.
We enjoyed giving the next generation of housebuilders a glimpse into the construction world and wish them all the best with their continued studies.