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Students get hands on at work

Sunderland College construction students have picked up their tools to get some hands on experience of the construction industry and make improvements to community buildings and residential areas.

Over one hundred students, who are all studying at Hylton Campus, have been working on a number of community projects, helping to repair Whitburn cricket club and a housing area in Witherwack.

John Cartwright, curriculum leader, said he was delighted that the students were able to work with local organisations to gain invaluable practical experience in construction.

 He said: “It’s a great opportunity for the students, it prepares them for a career in construction and provides them with links to local organisations.  Some of the students have been working with the local police force and Sunderland City Council.

“The college’s partnership with local businesses gives our students the opportunity to complete placements so they can build on their CV to ensure they stand out when they are looking for employment.  It is key that the young people completing vocational courses get as much experience in their chosen career as possible.  To be able to work on projects that also benefit the local community and area is great too.” 

Construction student, Nathan Williams, 18, said:  “I am pleased to have been part of the project.  It is has been great to get some practical experience.  We have been decorating the changing rooms and kitchen area at Whitburn cricket club and painting fences around the ground, as well as building walls on a housing estate. The staff and members at the cricket club and local residents are really pleased with our work, it was good to get such positive feedback.”


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