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Care development in Worcester providing invaluable work experience placements


Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education

Work experience at Sanctuary Grove site in Worcester Work experience at Sanctuary Grove site in Worcester

Two local bricklaying students are starting invaluable work experience placements at Sanctuary Group’s major new care development in Worcester.

Dalton Griffiths, 19, from Droitwich, and Richard Cook, 18, from Malvern, have both been offered a five-day work experience placement at the Sanctuary Grove site in St John’s, where the leading housing and care provider is building a 60-bed care home, a 60-unit extra care scheme and a mix of 40 close care apartments and bungalows for older people.

Dalton and Richard are both on a Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork course at Worcester College of Technology and this work experience placement, arranged through the College, Sanctuary Group and regional construction partner Stepnell, will provide the pair with an opportunity to get practical on-site experience directly related to their studies.

The students will have chance to shadow Stepnell site manager Adrian Davies, a qualified bricklayer, who will show them various bricklaying techniques used in the construction of the new extra care development. During their placement, they will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of professional bricklayers and gain hands-on experience by laying bricks themselves.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary Group’s Group Director - Property, said: “Work experience placements of this kind offer a valuable insight into the world of work as well as a chance to gain practical experience on site to support classroom-based learning. This is especially important in the construction industry and we are pleased to be working with Stepnell and Worcester College of Technology to offer these placements through our Sanctuary Grove development.”

Emily George, Business Development Manager, Worcester College of Technology, said: “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their practical brickwork skills, which have been developed via a structured vocational training programme at our Construction Training Centre in Malvern, and to apply their knowledge to the working environment. This will be a valuable experience as it will help to increase confidence within a working environment and hopefully lead to future job opportunities.”

Mark Wakeford, Stepnell managing director, added: “As a family-owned business, Stepnell strongly believes in providing work experience for students who are interested in the construction trades and this is the first of many opportunities which will be offered to young people in the Worcester community.

“Not only do initiatives like this help us attract the next generation of skilled trades people to our business, but into the wider construction industry which faces a massive skills shortage and needs to recruit 36,400 people annually over the next five years.” 

Sanctuary Group and Stepnell are also working with Worcester College of Technology and Jobcentre Plus to offer a Sector Based Work Academy programme at the Sanctuary Grove development in St John’s, and more details on this will be issued shortly.

Sanctuary Grove is due for completion in the spring of 2015. It is located near to the new St John’s House Medical Centre on the University Park site, and forms part of a wider scheme by the university which will include a Health & Wellbeing campus, a Business and Enterprise campus and a University Learning campus.

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