Partnership launched to encourage EDC students into construction industry

An exciting new partnership between East Durham College and Keepmoat Homes is to be launched, aiming to encourage young people to consider a career in the construction industry.

Keepmoat Homes is launching two new home building projects in 2018 in the East Durham area at Manor Way, Peterlee and Heathway in Seaham and will be working closely with the college to offer opportunities to students.

These opportunities will include the chance to work on-site in a number of construction roles as part of work experience placements, as well as on-site tours at different stages of the construction process. Both will enhance student understanding of the different stages of construction work.

Richard Bass, Regional Managing Director for the North East at Keepmoat Homes said: “We look forward to welcoming students to experience work in the construction industry on our site.

“We are planning to build 84 new homes at Manor Way and 116 homes at Seaham. But as well as building new homes we want to engage and support the local community and it’s great to be able to do this in partnership with East Durham College.”

East Durham College offers construction courses in many different disciplines, including painting & decorating, carpentry and joinery, plastering, plumbing, electrical and brickwork. The college has several large, state-of-the-art construction workshops well-equipped with all the tools and materials students will need during their studies.

Rob Hutchinson, head of the construction department at East Durham College, said: “We’re thrilled to give our students a real taste of work in a construction environment thanks to our partnership with Keepmoat Homes.

“This new partnership will be fantastic for encouraging students to consider a career in construction, give them real experience of working on a site and hopefully open up many new opportunities in employment for them in the future.”

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