Notts: New work experience partnership for college will help build successful careers

Ross Hawker and Darren Barton-Hanson are two of the North Notts College students taking part in the new work experience partnership with Woodhead and A1 Housing at Harworth
Ross Hawker and Darren Barton-Hanson are two of the North Notts College students taking part in the new work experience partnership with Woodhead and A1 Housing at Harworth

A raft of students from North Notts College will be given invaluable work experience over the next three years thanks to a partnership with local construction company Woodhead and A1 Housing.

A total of 84 construction students from the college will get the chance to spend a week working on the Smith Square site in Harworth over the next three years, where Woodhead and A1 Housing are in the process of replacing outdated ‘Airey Houses’ with 71 modern and energy efficient homes.

It’s great to get out of the classroom and put what we’ve learnt already into practice

Woodhead, A1 Housing and North Notts College kicked off the programme during National Apprenticeship week as the first three students got a taste of working life.

“We’ve learnt loads for the bricklayers on site, they’ve been able to tell us what we’ve been doing right and where we’ve been going wrong,” said Derryn Barton-Hanson, one of the first students to complete a week’s work experience as part of the partnership.

“It’s great to get out of the classroom and put what we’ve learnt already into practice and it feels like I’ve improved my skills loads more by being part of this.”

“From the planning stages of this project it was our intention for local people and local communities to get much more out of this than simply new council homes” said Don Spittlehouse, Director for Housing and Technical Services at A1 Housing.

“As well as employing local tradesmen and contractors, this element of the project will provide local construction students the invaluable opportunity to enhance their work-based learning.”

“It’s great to see young people spending time on our sites, learning a skilled trade from our team,” added David Woodhead, Managing Director of Woodhead.

“Each of the students successfully achieved their CSCS card with us, which means that they have demonstrated that they are competent enough to work safely on a building site.”

“This is something that they can take with them for future opportunities.

“We are committed to providing employment and training opportunities for the communities in which we work and teaming up with local partners such as North Notts College is an excellent way to reach people that want to work in our industry.”

“We will be working on site at Smith Square for a total of three years, which will really enable us to see the long term impact that investing time and effort in exercises such as this can have on a community.”

“We are delighted to be able to offer our students this opportunity with Woodhead, as they will benefit enormously from the experience of working on a real project,” said John Connolly, Principal at North Notts College.

“Developing their practical trade skills in our workshops is an essential part of their programme,.”

“But there is no substitute for having the chance to apply those skills on the job, along with all of the expectations of them relating to behaviour, timekeeping, health and safety, and so forth.

“We are very grateful to Woodhead, A1 Housing and Bassetlaw Council in working together to offer this opportunity to our students.”

“This is a fantastic project and a fantastic opportunity for the students,” commented Coun Simon Greaves, Simon Greaves, leader of Bassetlaw Council.

“The experience that Woodhead and A1 Housing will be providing will hopefully each and every student well and is a great example for other local companies to follow.”