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 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.

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 Group 2

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”