Highbury College students get on site to build experience

WORKING From left, lecturer Ian Orr, apprentice Alex Brown, BTEC students Steve Ellets and Ryan Hinks, foundation degree student Richard Peterson and Warings manager Guy Shepard
WORKING From left, lecturer Ian Orr, apprentice Alex Brown, BTEC students Steve Ellets and Ryan Hinks, foundation degree student Richard Peterson and Warings manager Guy Shepard
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STUDENTS from Highbury College have been taking time out of their summer holidays to build up their skills with a national construction company.

The construction students are working with Warings on two projects at Lakeside North Harbour in Portsmouth.

The projects include a nursery and a hub with shops, restaurants and an events area.

They will serve the growing number of people who work at Lakeside, which currently houses over 3,000 workers.

Ryan Hinks, 17, who has completed his first year in the BTEC Level 3 Construction and Built Environment course, said: ‘It’s a great chance to get some real experience on site.

‘We can learn about the different roles in construction and it’s good for my CV to work on these projects with a company like Warings.’

Steve Ellets, 17, added: ‘This is my first time on site so it’s great to get an overview of what goes on in the real world and work with all the different people here.’

Guy Shepard, the area manager for Warings, added: ‘The idea is that this cabin is a parallel universe in which the students can experience a real working environment.

‘They can use site maps, prepare work for clients and experience different aspects of the construction industry.’