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Student’s Career Shaped by Walsall Business and Sports Hub

Walsall College construction students have had the chance to put their stamp on the college’s £11 million Business and Sports Hub, and for one student this has led to a permanent job.

Chris Roberts, 18, has only just completed the Level 3 Electrical Installation course at the college, but following a work placement on the development he has been offered a position as a trainee electrician with David Paradine Ltd, the electrical sub-contractors on the hub.

Before work on the project began in August 2014, a deal was struck between the college and Interserve Construction, the contractors leading the development, to offer valuable placement opportunities to students. Since then around 10 students have completed work experience onsite, covering a range of trades including brickwork, electrical installation, plumbing and quantity surveying.

Another seven students are also expected to work on the scheme before it officially opens to the public in September, while talks are currently taking place with the painting sub-contractors to offer additional opportunities to Painting and Decorating students.

Kevin Miners, Interserve Project Manager, said: “One of our key objectives on this project from the onset has been to maximise opportunities arising from the development for the local community. This included offering students the chance to develop their skills on a live brief and learn valuable skills for their future careers.

“The students have been working closely alongside project and support staff using a range of modern and traditional construction techniques and we have been extremely impressed with the positive attitudes and professional shown by all those who have been on site.”

Head of Curriculum for Construction at Walsall College, Neil Sambrook, said: “We are delighted that so many of our construction students have had the chance to put their training into practice on the exciting Business and Sports Hub scheme to help ensure they are equipped with the skills they need in their chosen industry.

“We are very proud of Chris’ achievement of being rewarded with a job following his placement. His success helps to demonstrate that our vocational courses equip students with the skills they need in their chosen industry.”

Chris Roberts said: “During my placement I was mainly involved in installing the electrics on the first floor of the hub and really enjoyed it.

“I only finished my level 3 course a few weeks ago and was about to start looking for a job when I got the offer from the firm, and this was the best news I could have had.”

James Paradine, Managing Director at David Paradine Ltd, said: “Chris had an excellent attitude during his time on site and everyone he worked with spoke highly of him that we had no hesitation in taking him on full-time. We look forward to him joining our team and progressing his career.”

The striking 39,000 sq ft, three-storey complex, adjacent to Walsall College’s £64 million Wisemore Campus on Littleton Street West, will include a business incubation centre for start-up businesses, conference and event facilities for up to 600 people, an outdoor team building area, a multi-purpose sports hall, dance and fitness studios, gym, spa, sports training and injury clinic and a 40-seat bistro restaurant, all under one roof! 

Published on May 19th 2015

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