West Suffolk students enjoy real life work experience with Havebury
A collaborative construction project, launched before Christmas, between Havebury Housing Partnership and West Suffolk College to build seven new homes is in on schedule.
The scheme which will build three high specification houses and four flats on a former underused garage site on Mitchell Avenue, Bury St Edmunds and is expected to cost in the region of £900k to complete and has been part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.
The project, which is believed to be the first of its kind, sees Further Education students working on a true construction build alongside trade professionals and will give students unprecedented hands on experience of a real life development project.
The original designs were submitted by HE students last year on the Construction Management and Building Services courses and developed by one of Havebury’s consultant architects, Infinity Architects.
So far students from the Bricklaying Level 2 course have been on site, working alongside professional bricklayers and as the build progresses, students from carpentry, electrical and plumbing courses will also get involved. In addition six students from the College’s Media Production course have been commissioned to film and edit a short film on the construction project, capturing each stage of the programme.
It further cements the Colleges’ commitment to work in partnership with employers to offer students meaningful work experience opportunities to enhance employability and encourage entrepreneurship.
Suzanne Newman, Development Manager at the Havebury Housing Partnership said, “Havebury are very committed to enhancing local communities. We are delighted to be able to provide local students with the opportunity to enhance their skills before going out into the workplace.”
Gary Clarke, Assistant Principal for Enterprise and Employability said, “Our aim to bring the world of work to life for our students. This project does this in excess. Thanks to Havebury Housing Partnership and their partner contractors, our students are getting a truly real life experience of a construction project. Those who have been involved so far are coming back buzzing with excitement and I’ve seen an immediate change in their understanding and maturity”.