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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.






  • Andy Gould
  • Steve Wainwright
  • Simon Warman
  • Jessica Underhill
  • Darren Keen



  • Harry Dykes
  • 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
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.


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:

Seddons site visit

Reaseheath Plasterers gain industry insight

Reaseheath plasterers have been gaining industry tips and experience during their latest site visit thanks to Perkins Plasterers of Stoke-on-Trent.

Students watch as a wall is being plasteredPerkins Plasterers invited students to visit one of their larger projects, an 80 apartment retirement village site. During the visit, students had the opportunity to see a range of skills and attributes plasterers require for success within the modern construction industry.

All of our plasterers sat through a thorough site induction, which was excellent, as it helped to bring aspects of their health and safety theory module to life.

Due to size of the site, students were able to see apartments at a variety of different construction stages. They were treated to demonstrations of a range of different plastering practices and techniques including floor screeding, metal partitioning, plasterboarding and skimming walls and ceilings.

Students take notesStudents also had chance to ask lots of questions, of which they had plenty – in particular for the plasterers of course!

We were also fortunate enough to welcome Perkins Plasterers to our recent construction careers event, held on campus. Members of the Perkins’ team kindly joined other industry representatives, former students and the construction team to discuss construction courses and careers with our visitors.

For more information on our Construction courses visit the college website.


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Joining GB Projects Together for Student Visits

By The GB Group 

GB are currently on site at Reaseheath College in Cheshire and are working with the College to maximise opportunities for the students.

GB GroupFor two consecutive Fridays we arranged for students from Reaseheath to visit our other project in Cheshire, Kings Leadership Academy. The first visit consisted of students studying Level 2 Diploma Bricklaying and the second visit were Level 1 Diploma Carpentry and Joinery.

The students were given a overview of the project, shown drawings and then taken out on site for a full tour. The students found it very interesting and provided quotes below.

GB Group 1Connor Ayres – Level 2 Diploma Bricklaying said “I really enjoyed the day at site, it was good to see what it is actually like on a real building site. I appreciated your time and for showing us around. I hope it is goes to schedule and thank your for the gloves they are great. Everybody had a good time and I hope we can come again”

Tyler Young – Level 1 Diploma Carpentry and Joinery said “It was good to see a big site and how it works. The talk was good and we got to see what sort of joinery jobs would be being done later in the job. I hope that we can see more of the sites, to have one on the college is brilliant as we can go down when we want”

Hawk Group open day

Construction visit to Hawk Group open day

The Hawk Group comprises of plant, tractors, homes, plant sales, developments, cabins, contracts, international, Hawkins Motors and safety and training.

Hawk Group open dayWith a turnover of more than £75 million and with several of our ex-students working for them on the Homes and Developments side the construction department are keen to forge stronger links.

A group of 2nd year Bricklayers visited Hawks open day event at Sandford near Whitchurch.

Students were able to operate plant machinery with the aid of an instructor ranging from 360 excavators in a range of sizes to 6 wheel drive 15 ton dumper trucks, off road vehicle’s and machine simulators.

A good day was had by all.