Gloucestershire College Teams up with Industry Leaders to Launch Regional Training Centre for Civil Engineering
Gloucestershire College is teaming up with leading companies in the civil engineering and highways maintenance sector, to launch a regional training centre for apprentices.
The first eight apprentices have started their training this month in partnership with Swindon based Building and Engineering Contractors, Tithegrove Limited. They will be joined by a second intake of apprentices in December, which are currently being recruited on behalf of Gloucestershire based company, Complete Utilities and Amey Highways – one of the largest infrastructure companies in the UK.
The newly recruited apprentices are already benefitting from the brand new bespoke civil engineering and highways maintenance facilities at the College’s Gloucester Campus. They will complete a termly release from their employment for a one week block, to complete the college based training aspect of their level 2 diploma. The state of the art training centre, worth around £20,000, simulates the conditions of a real outdoor site in the space of a large warehouse at the College’s campus at Gloucester Docks.
Civil Engineering Lecturer and Assessor, Chris Haines said: “Our new training centre provides a controlled environment for apprentices to learn in, which is the only one of its kind in the region.
“Working on a real site is very pressured, but here the apprentices can make mistakes and learn from them. They can ask questions and work in small groups so they receive individual attention.”
17-year-old Oakley Smith, from Bristol said: “Eight of us have just finished the first week of the College side of our two year apprenticeships with Tithegrove, and next week we go out to work with the company.
“During the first week of training we’ve covered all of the important health and safety aspects we need to know before going on site, but the best part has been getting out of the classroom and being hands on in the training centre, because that’s what we’re here for.”
The launch of the centre is just one of a number of initiatives launched by Gloucestershire College, aimed at increasing opportunities for young people to receive industry training, while giving employers the benefit of ensuring their future workforce is equipped with a high level of relevant skills. This has resulted in a ‘Good’ rating for the GC Apprenticeships Team in the College’s recent Ofsted report, which praised its relationship with employers and training methods.
The report stated: “Employers are fully involved in reviewing apprentices’ progress and helping to set meaningful job-related targets. As a result apprentices develop very good occupational skills, produce high standards of work and make a good contribution to the business.”
GC Head of Apprenticeships, Julie Tegg said: “We are delighted to expand our apprenticeship provision and work with leading companies in the area to develop the skills their apprentices need to make a real difference.
“The first week of training has been both exciting and challenging for the apprentices. Gloucestershire College is constantly striving to provide greater choice and opportunities for young people to move into apprenticeship training.”
If you are interested in taking on a Civil Engineering or Highways Maintenance apprentice or any other apprentice, call the Gloucestershire College Business Hub team on 01452 563403.