Surgo Construction, one of region’s longest established building contractors, continued its support for Northumberland College and its students recently by helping to broaden their experience of what to expect on a construction site, by facilitating a site visit to Stannington where it is building 34 new homes for Willow Homes.
Ten students went along to Nursery Gardens, with their work placement officer from the college, John Johnson. Three of the students are studying for a Diploma in Plastering, Level 1 whilst the remaining seven are studying on the Diploma in Building Craft course, Level 1.
During their time on site, senior site manager, Paul Graham, put them through their site induction and talked through the build programme at Stannington so they could see first-hand houses at various stages of development and understand exactly where and when their trades fit in to the construction sequencing.
Speaking about engaging the support of local businesses to give students a taster for what life is like on a construction site, John Johnson thanked Surgo Construction for its ongoing support for the college and its students. He said:
“Without the support of companies like Surgo it can be difficult for students to really grasp what it is like to work in construction. These site visits and opportunities for work experience are invaluable to the students and they really enjoyed the visit and have given very positive feedback.
Pleased to welcome the enthusiastic students to his site, Surgo Construction’s senior site manager, Paul Graham added: “We were delighted to help these young people on their career path and hope they took away a favourable impression of working on a modern building site.”