Student work - Level 1 Joiner Jason Hanmer

Student success in the classroom

Student work - Level 1 Joiner Jason HanmerLevel 1 Joinery student, Jason Hanmer has just completed a near perfect example of a scribed mortice and tenon Joint, commonly found in traditional wooden window manufacture.

What makes this piece of work particularly challenging is that the joint is manufactured completely by hand using very traditional woodworking techniques, a skill that can take months to master.

To begin with Jason was issued with a drawing, he then selected the timber and the correct tools to complete the task. With over 100 different hand tools available, selecting the right ones are a vital part of the planning.

Jason then planned his day out, setting goals to achieve by certain times of the day, having completed the joint he is reviewing how effectively he managed his day (pictured). Well done!

GB development - Darren Smith

Level 2 Bricklayers support new campus development

Our Level 2 Diploma in bricklaying students are gaining fantastic work experience by helping to build internal dividing walls for our new Foundation learning centre. The students were invited on site by Steve Petrie, Project Manager for GB Building Solutions, the company leading on both this development and on our £8.5million national centre for Food Futures and the Environment.

Eager to use their newly learned skills, our students made good progress under the watchful eye of Instructor Danny Collins and Programme Leader Andy Gould and are looking forward to next Friday when they will be on site again!

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”

Plasterers GB Group site visit - Project Wren

Plastering students Project Wren site visit

Plasterers Project Wren site visit

Our Level 2 plastering students recently visited the Project Wren site (National Centre for Food Futures and the Environment), managed by GB Group.

Students had the opportunity to see the initial stages of building development at the site. Steve Peatrie, GB Group, gave all the students site plans and asked them to try to compare the paper plans with the pegs marking out the footprint of what will become our National Centre for Food Futures and the Environment.

This gave the students an excellent insight into the preliminary stages of project development – something as plasterers, they would not normally have the opportunity to experience.

As Project Wren progresses, students will be given further opportunities to visit and work on the site. Our plasterers will board and skim one of the rooms, providing brilliant work experience and a great chance to contribute to the building developments at the College. This experience is almost unique to Reaseheath College, especially for full-time students.

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.