Institute to fore at constructing careers
STUDENTS in Grimsby will be among some of the first in the country to enrol on a new course that could help shape the future of the construction industry.
The Grimsby Institute is one of the first colleges in the UK to offer a higher-level apprenticeship in sustainable built environment.
Team leader Simon Topliss said the course will focus on managerial training and equip students with the skills they need to secure a lasting career.
He added: "Focusing on sustainability is a key issue within the construction industry nationally.
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"There is a big drive to make buildings and processes more environmentally-friendly.
"The more skills you have these days, the more chance you have of finding work in times of austerity.
"Those who complete the course will be able to pursue managerial positions within a range of disciplines, including civil engineering, construction and building services."
Over three years, students will complete an NVQ Level 5 in sustainable construction management, a HND in construction and the built environment, as well as selecting a specialist subject.
One person who is planning to enrol on the course is Gareth Mason, 25, from Humberston, who has already completed his HNC in construction.
Gareth, who worked in the safety netting industry for six years before starting at the Institute, said: "I always felt like I had a lot more to offer and I decided it was time to do something about it.
"I wanted a career rather than a job and that is what I'm working towards now."
Gareth is currently completing a placement with Ross Davy, an architectural and structural consultancy, to help him gain practical experience in a working environment.
He added: "I hope the sustainable construction course will help me to access a managerial career.
"I took a real leap of faith when I left my job to become a student again but I'm so glad I did."
The course is open to A-level students with more than 80 UCAS points, Level 3 apprentices, people with BTECs or those already working in the industry.
For more information, call 0800 315002 or visit www.grimsby.ac.uk