Facilities maintenance and project contractors, Corb Ltd have welcomed four new recruits for work placements. The T Level Construction and Building Service Engineering students from Walsall College are spending two weeks at the Telford-based company, supporting a range of office-based and on-site activities.
They will work with Corb Ltd’s projects, technical and finance teams as well as the service desk; receiving an overview of the project management process from start to finish. The 16 and 17-year-olds will also join engineers on site as they complete electrical mechanical and plumbing-based operations.
Corbin Peniket, Managing Director said: “When it comes to workforce skills, we are aware of an ‘experience gap’ from those coming out of education and a ‘knowledge gap’ among those who are site-experienced but with less understanding of the overarching principles of facilities management.
“We’ve welcomed students for work experience in the past with a view to helping them progress into engineer-based roles. The T Level industry placements are another way for our company to provide a real-world context across different aspects of building services and facilities management, helping future generations develop a solid grounding for their future employment.”
The placements are a key component of T Levels; a two-year qualification where students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need.
The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.
Neil Sambrook, Faculty Director at the college added: “Our building service engineering students are the first in the country to be taking this study and training route, which makes the commitment of Corb Ltd all the more valuable to us. Working alongside those in industry will result in the students better informed about the technical, specialist and managerial roles they can work towards, whether this is through higher level apprenticeships, university or entry level employment.”
He continued: “Our T Levels provision is growing year on year, paving the way for more businesses to work proactively with education providers in preparing school leavers for sector-specific job roles in high demand.”
For further information about T Levels and industry placements see here.