Answers to 2017 Skills Shortages

Thursday 15 December 2016

Bedford College has been featured on regional television as having the answers to the national shortage of skills in the construction industry.

Brick Laying Skills Lack 2017

Anglia ITV filmed in the “real life” bricklaying workshop of the Cauldwell Street campus and interviewed an apprentice Matthew Capener, aged 17, who works for Bloor Homes, and part-time student Aaron Dembicki, 17, as well as full-timers Dylan Bergeon-Ward and Callum Baker-Thompson, both aged 16. They were all pleased to hear that experienced bricklayers can earn £1,000 a week thanks to demands in the current construction environment.

Bedford College’s construction training is about more than working “on the tools”. Progression from Levels 2 and 3 in Brickwork can lead to HNC and HND qualifications in civil engineering and construction, and careers as Site or Project Managers or as a Quantity Surveyor. Companies will often invest in on-going training of talented staff to ensure continuity of skills across all levels of their organisation and industry.

Bedford College’s Head of Construction Dave Wilkins said the College foresaw the construction skills shortage coming along several years ago and has been working with employers to have new talent ready and able. In addition the HNC and HND courses launched three years ago now have nearly 50 students, some of them in their 20s and 30s, who are making a career switch into the modern construction industry. 

Bedford College also offers a Foundation Degree, FdSC, in Sustainable Construction in conjunction with the University of Bedfordshire to which students can progress, with the added benefit of contacts with a range of real employers and then a third and final degree year at university.

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