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The first cohort of construction scholarship students

Building the future of construction

Leading employers in the construction sector attended The Manchester College to meet the first students on the new Architectural and Construction Engineering Scholarship.

The first cohort of scholarship students met with representatives from the College’s partner companies - Bardsley Constuction, Conlon Construction, Kier Regional Building RW, Lovell, Vinci Construction UK and Wates Group.

The group discussed the first cycle of work placements, developed future learning modules and scheduled guest lectures from industry experts. They also provided feedback on their scholarship experiences so far, from both a student and employer perspective.

The unique programme, which launched in September 2019, was co designed in conjunction with five leading construction industry partners from the North West Construction Hub. The scholarship aims to support curriculum development, ensuring it reflects current practices, and identifies and develops young talent who are prepared for a successful career in the sector.

Not only do students benefit from 90 days of industry placement alongside 11 bespoke study modules designed and delivered by industry experts, but students can access an annual £300 bursary, a free Precision 3540 Mobile Workstation Laptop (terms and conditions apply) and a licence to practice CSCS Green card free of charge.

Chris Wright, Assistant Principal, said: “It was fantastic to welcome our industry partners to The Manchester College, the number one in Greater Manchester for achievement.

"Working in partnership means that our employers are helping us to identify and develop talented construction professionals of the future who will help address the current skills gaps at Levels 3, 4 and 5 within the sector.

It also means that our students are gaining the latest industry skills and knowledge from companies and industry experts who are redefining the skylines across our city and the region.

Scholarship student Nicholas Tapper said: “This experience is allowing me to develop an understanding of the working world, as well as helping me to develop the skills and knowledge that I have gained.”

Scholarship student Marsa Abraham added: “It has been an incredibly eye opening experience for me. I am positive that the work experience that I have gained will benefit me in the future.”

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