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Brick donation from local housebuilder Lovell helps Carlisle College students build solid skills

Bricklaying students at Carlisle College are perfecting their skills with the help of a generous donation of building materials from local housing developer Lovell.

The company has donated a dozen packs of bricks for use by students in the College’s construction workshops.

“Building materials are expensive so a donation of this kind which enables our students to develop their skills working with a high-quality product is a huge help,” says Matthew McLeish, construction tutor at Carlisle College. “It broadens their experience and enables us to ensure that the training we provide properly prepares them for a job in the industry. We very much appreciate this support from Lovell.”

With bricklayers currently in high demand across the UK, the College offers a range of bricklaying courses for students.

Lovell craft training supervisor Paul Woby says: “As a company, we do all we can to encourage and support future talent and help ensure we have people with the right skills coming into the industry. This is a key element of our Lovell Legacy commitment to creating lasting benefits in the communities where we build. Forming strong links with local colleges is an important part of our training strategy and we are delighted to have forged such a successful and productive partnership with Carlisle College.”

Lovell’s work on the Raffles estate regeneration has provided training for seven apprentices, who have all studied for their trade qualifications through Carlisle College. The Raffles regeneration scheme in partnership with Carlisle City Council and Riverside has delivered more than 260 new homes over the past decade. Lovell completed 58 new affordable homes for Riverside at Thomlinson Avenue and Dalton Avenue earlier this year and the company is currently building 44 homes for open market sale at Raffles. Lovell is also working on a £40 million, 217-home mixed tenure development – The Laureates – at Cockermouth, Cumbria which will create 156 homes for sale and 61 affordable homes for Home Group.