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