A “skills day” held at Coleg Gwent’s City of Newport campus has allowed construction students the chance to gain work experience with local housing developer Lovell.
Lovell, which is building Pobl Group’s major Loftus Garden Village housing development in Newport, is offering students the chance to gain industry experience as part of its legacy commitment to create job and training opportunities for local residents in the areas where it works.
During the “skills day” session, the learners were tasked with a practical project before being briefed by Lovell regional training advisor Darryl Williams. The students also had the opportunity to spend time with industry training body CITB who coached them on filling out application forms and creating a curriculum vitae.
Further meetings between Coleg Gwent and Lovell have resulted in over 100 weeks of work placements being secured for full-time construction students at the Loftus Garden Village development, Pobl’s modern garden village where Lovell is creating 250 brand-new homes near the city centre.
Acting head for the School of Construction Ian Hembrow said: “We are delighted with the opportunity for our students to gain some real hands-on experience at a local housing development with a renowned company such as Lovell. This will be invaluable for them and a great addition to their curriculum vitaes.”
Lovell community liaison officer Bernadette Vickery said: “We have been working closely with Coleg Gwent over the past year, firstly with students studying art and design who worked with us to design artwork for hoardings for the exterior of our Loftus Garden Village site and now this latest project with the Construction students. Members of the company’s senior management team have also collaborated with the college in producing a video underlining the importance of literacy and numeracy.
“We are delighted to be able to offer the Construction students the chance to develop their skills through supervised work placements at our Loftus Garden Village site where they will be able to learn from our expert team and get valuable on-site experience. We look forward to welcoming the first work placement students on to site with us in Newport this month.”
Further site specific talks will take place at the college in October with the first placements starting later in the month.