Mikey Roberts bricklayer 1MB 2

Mikey’s building a bright future in the construction industry!

Mikey Roberts bricklayer 1MB 2

Mikey Roberts started his journey with the Reaseheath construction department back in 2009 whilst he was still a student at Ruskin High School. Initially enrolling on to our Key Stage 4 construction programme, Mikey spent one day a week at Reaseheath learning the basics of bricklaying and joinery.

On completing his studies at school and his Key Stage 4 award in construction in 2011, Mikey decided to continue his bricklaying training with Reaseheath. He went on to achieve Levels 1, 2 and 3 in bricklaying with us and was also awarded ‘best overall construction student’ in his final year.

After completing his training in 2014, Mikey became self-employed and began working at Reaseheath as part of the team of bricklayers constructing some of the college’s new building developments. He combined full time work with studying for a Higher National Certificate in Construction to further develop his management skills.

It was whilst bricklaying at Reaseheath that Mikey was noticed by contractor, Pochin. Impressed by his work ethic, Pochin proceeded to offer Mikey a position as an Assistant Site Manager, a post that he still holds as he finishes his degree level study.

Mikey commented: “I owe everything to the Construction Department, I realise now that everything that they were asking me to do was to make me ready for the world of work. I am a lot better for it now as I can see why the tutors kept emphasising the things I needed to do, I would recommend the Construction department and Reaseheath to anyone, the workshops are brilliant.”

Snowdon 4

Construction go the extra mile!

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Recently staff and students from our Construction and Foundation departments successfully climbed to the summit of Snowdon. Andy Gould – Construction programme leader did so carrying an impressive 19kg hod of bricks! Snowdon 3

The team, made up of 18 students and 5 staff were led by  the expert guidance of their mountain leaders Simon and Jessica from Adventure Sports. The original plan was to climb the Pyg track, a 7 mile round trip with a 2,372ft ascent, unfortunately they weren’t able to do this route so instead took the Watkin path making it an 8 mile round trip with a total ascent of 3,330ft.

The reason for the climb was to raise money for the college RAG charityThe British Heart Foundation. So far the donations for this fundraiser alone stand at a whopping £865! A huge well done to all involved!

There’s still time to show your support to the team and the British Heart Foundation by sponsoring them via Andy’s JustGiving page here.






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  • Simon Warman
  • Jessica Underhill
  • Darren Keen



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  • John Roberts
  • Sam Peacock
  • Sean Casewell
  • Jonathon Price
  • William Caffery
  • Robert Powell
  • Kyle Johnson
  • Charlotte Cook
  • Tom Povey
  • Josh Tonks
  • Hayen Collins
  • Curtis Lloyd
  • Darren Smith
  • Andrew Matu
  • Josh Brandon
  • Tom Johnson
  • John Iveson

Picnic benches for disabled visitors, continued…

The construction students have completed the first of 3 disabled picnic benches for Audlem Lass and The Wheely Boat Trust. They asked us to design and build a picnic bench the both able bodied and disabled could sit at together.

A special mention goes to the following students:

  • James Lewis, apprentice joiner level 2
  • Alex Banks, apprentice joiner level 3
  • Grant McVety, full time advanced diploma joiner
  • Jack Connor, full time advanced diploma joiner
  • Josh Coombs, full time advanced diploma joiner

Not forgetting the expert tuition of David Allman!



The students take measurements of the doors and frames

Tarporley CE Primary School Project

Level 2 joiners - Dale Capewell, James Deering, Lochlan Bentley and Jason Hanmer

Level 2 joiners – Dale Capewell, James Deering, Lochlan Bentley and Jason Hanmer

Level 2 joiners were recently asked to help with some maintenance at Tarporley CE Primary School. They were asked to help with the maintenance of two doors, the door frames and a sandstone building that is used in the school ground.

The construction students were delighted to meet with Peter Howell, the site maintenance manager to get a view of the project and take some measurements, the students then created a materials list and a quote.




The joiners meet with Peter Howell, the site maintenance manager

The joiners meet with Peter Howell, the site maintenance manager

A price was agreed for the materials and they have been delivered to college this week. The bench joiners have now produced a working drawing so that they can manufacture the doors and frames. Once the risk assessment and method statement are complete the site joiners will take them to the school to complete the work.

Throughout the project our students have conducted themselves in a very professional manner and they were made to feel very welcome by the school.

If you want to study a course with great opportunities come and talk to the Construction staff at our next Course Open Event.







Students meet with Mr and Mrs Cottrell from the Overwater Wheelboat Trust

Picnic benches for disabled visitors

Students meet with Mr and Mrs Cottrell from the Overwater Wheelboat Trust

Students meet with Mr and Mrs Cottrell from the Overwater Wheelboat Trust

Our Level 3 Joiners recently met up with Overwater Wheelyboat Trust, Audlem, to discuss whether they could help in the design and manufacture of some picnic benches for their disabled visitors.

Our joiners planning their picnic bench designs

Our joiners planning their picnic bench designs








It was a delight to be asked and students have gladly agreed to help them. Our Stretch and challenge group then set about getting some designs and quotes for a range of different woods that could be used.

This will then be passed on to Mr and Mrs Cottrell to see if it meets with their approval.


Plasterers ready to start work at Leonard Brothers Vet Centre

Young plasterers support local vets

Reaseheath College Employer Mentor, Leonard Brothers Vet Centre Ltd, recently enquired whether the construction department could help with some plastering at their vet practice. Enthusiastic to support local businesses, students were excited to investigate the job.

Plasterers ready to start work at Leonard Brothers Vet Centre

Plasterers ready to start work at Leonard Brothers Vet Centre

A group of out Level 1 and  Level 2 plasterers went to visit the client and see what was involved, they then put a quote together for the job and they emailed them – they got the job!

So the day arrived we went to the vets (which was still open while the work was to be carried out). The student plasterers ensured everywhere was covered up and completed the job to a very good standard.

Reaseheath plasterers at work

Reaseheath plasterers at work

Said Tom Leonard: “Great to give the Reaseheath students valuable on site experience. They were pleasant, enthusiastic students who answered my questions, well, cleared up after themselves and did a professional job on the walls.”

 Andrew Gould

Programme Leader in Construction

Andy Gould top tweeter!

Top tweeter Andy Gould!

Our construction department’s Twitter handle (@RH_Construction) recently won ‘tweet of the week’ from NAPL Online. Congratulations to chief tweeter Andy Gould – keep up the great work!Andy Gould Tweeter


Students stood outside Ecobild

Students visit Ecobuild 2015

On Thursday 5th March, Construction staff and students travelled to the Excel Arena in London to visit Ecobuild 2015.

The exhibition is in its 11th year of championing a greener built environment, with two large arenas with different themes running throughout them. Themes included; Championing the need for change in the way we interact with the environment and Nature and the Built Environment, which brought together a number of features to educate and inspire visitors.

Students inside Ecobuild

Ewan, Connor and Tom at Ecobuild

Conferences, seminars and lots of exhibitors showcasing their products created a jam packed agenda for all attendees. The Practical Installer live arena was one of the most popular attractions of the exhibition. More than 14 suppliers provided live demonstrations to delegates, with a strong emphasis placed on explaining how installers can benefit from Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI). Demonstrations involved a number of real-life ‘before and after’ scenarios, which highlighted both the impact on a property’s energy efficiency and the economic benefits that result from the installation of specific products.

Students stood outside Ecobild

Students stood outside Ecobild

It was an interesting day with lots to see! For more details on Ecobuild please see their website: www.ecobuild.co.uk

MP Edward Timpson with joiner James Lewis

MP builds on skills during Apprenticeship Week

MP Edward Timpson with joiner James LewisCrewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson built on his skills when he joined construction apprentices during lessons at Reaseheath College last week.

The Minister for Children and Families visited the Nantwich college as part of National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits that skilled apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy by increasing productivity and providing workforce succession.

MP Edward Timpson picks up tips from bricklaying apprentice Adam Platt

MP Edward Timpson picks up tips from bricklaying apprentice Adam Platt

Mr Timpson tried his hand at bricklaying and joinery in Reaseheath’s tailormade workshops and chatted to successful apprentices who are learning their trade at college and in the workplace.

After working alongside Adam Platt, 17, a bricklaying apprentice employed by Greg Lambert Ltd in Northwich and James Lewis, 18, a site carpentry apprentice who works for his father’s building company in Stockport, Mr Timpson said: “Mr Timpson said: “Our growing economy requires a skilled construction industry, and these young people have very valuable skills to offer. The trade offers a great career path, so it’s good to see Reaseheath putting apprenticeships at the heart of their education and training programme.

“We know that apprenticeships provide a fast route into employment and can offer real-life experiences along the way. They are an excellent option for both students and employers, and I am delighted that over 5,000 have been started in Crewe and Nantwich since 2010.”

For further details of Reaseheath’s courses in joinery, brickwork and plastering visit www.reaseheath.ac.uk/construction or phone our Courses Hotline on 01270 613242



Student and site manager on building site in the snow

Construction partnership builds students’ future

Student and site manager on building site in the snow

Proving that builders are a hardy bunch here’s Level 2 Diploma in Joinery student Jack Connor enjoying work experience with site manager Darren Turner on a new social housing estate in Crewe. Despite the wintry weather, Jack says that spending 100 hours on site has been brilliant.

The site is being developed by Wulvern in partnership with contractors MCI Developments. And in an amazingly generous move, both companies are helping us to encourage new talent into the construction industry by paying for all our construction students to gain their health and safety and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) accreditations, which are essential for site work.

Jack, 17, a former Malbank School pupil who wants to be a site joiner, has been busy working on roofs and stud wall partitions. He says: “I’m loving the experience and it’ll look great on my CV”.

Darren says: “This is the first time we’ve had a college student on site and it’s worked really well. It’s important that we support the next generation coming into the industry and having Jack as part of the team has been helpful for MCI Developments too.”

Programme Leader for Construction, Andy Gould, adds: “The department was delighted at this very generous offer from these two industry partners. It shows a concerted effort by us all to ensure the best possible future for the next generation of skilled workers. The industry is crying out for bricklayers, joiners and plasterers, along with other core trades.”

Two more construction students will be doing work experience on Wulvern/MCI Development sites in the near future.

For more information on our Construction courses click here.