Two students have been putting their skills to the test with some hands-on experience after setting their sights on a career in quantity surveying.
Rebecca Hodge, 17, and 16-year-old Klaudia Robinson are both in the first year of Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Both teenagers hope to work as quantity surveyors when they complete their studies, and have spent time working on the construction of the new Cleveland Fire Brigade headquarters at Queens Meadow Business Park on the outskirts of Hartlepool to gain some vital experience.
The site, which is being constructed by international building firm ISG, was started in March this year and is due for completion July 2016 Rebecca and Klaudia have spent time on the site doing various tasks centred around surveying, including take-off on drawings and document control.
Rebecca said: “I enjoy being part of a project from start to finish.
“That is why I’m attracted to being a quantity surveyor, because when the project is finished you also get involved with the financial side of things.”
Klaudia added: “I have my heart set on a career as a quantity surveyor, and it has been very beneficial to get the opportunity to work on this site with ISG.
“We have learned about all aspects of the project, and after first visiting the site back in September the changes and progress are already noticeable.
“Getting the opportunity to spend time on the site and carry out various tasks is invaluable, and it will be nice to come back in a few months when it is nearer to completion to see how it has progressed.”
David Johnson, lecturer in Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College, said: “We often read articles relating to skills shortages and it is essential that construction companies provide opportunities to students if we are to fill the skills gap.
“We have been working closely with ISG and this has proven to be an excellent partnership in providing full-time students with work experience opportunities and site visits which allow students to appreciate construction processes and factors such as sustainability, health and safety relating to the construction industry.”
Steve Laughton, projects manager for ISG, added: “We have built up a strong relationship with Hartlepool College over the years, and as a company we are committed and passionate about supporting and benefitting the communities that we are working in.
“As a company we can open doors for the students, and if they are suited to a career in the construction trade – be it on the tools or in the case of Rebecca and Klaudia on the other side of the business – then we can help them get on the career ladder.”
• Pictured (above): Rebecca Hodge (left, Steve Laughton, Projects Manager with ISG, and Klaudia Robinson on the construction site at the new Cleveland Fire Brigade HQ in Hartlepool.