East Surrey College promotes careers in construction

12 February 2019

East Surrey College in Redhill are proud to celebrate and showcase the range of roles that are available in the construction industry. In particular, one aim of the campaign is to inspire women to consider a career in the sector, by sharing case studies of women in construction.

Working with local employers, the College is sharing inspiring stories from people of all ages and backgrounds, including those that have undertaken Apprenticeships, study or employment in the sector. These members of the construction industry give an insight into their experiences of construction, including why they chose to step into the industry.

Here’s what they had to say:

Hannah Ellis, 23 – Buyer, Thakeham Group

“A career in construction was not something I had considered, but knowing the challenges ahead is something that keeps me motivated. Hard work, perseverance and a nurturing environment can do great things.”

Sarah Smith – Plumbing Lecturer, East Surrey College

“Being able to train up future members of the construction industry, in great facilities, is very rewarding. If you want to work in the sector, you’ve got to be dedicated, this industry is built on perseverance.”

Rochelle Maduro – HNC Construction Apprentice, Osborne

“The construction industry gripped me from the start! I’ve always had a fascination with logic and physics. My Apprenticeship gives me a great mixture of office-based and site work and I love seeing things develop and change.”

Alex Downham, 19 – Painting & Decorating Apprentice, Mercer & Mercer

“I initially hadn’t realised that an Apprenticeship in construction was an option, but then I learnt more about the pathway. It’s a gateway to so many places, it means I have a better chance of progressing to a managerial or supervisory role.”

Soosie French – Assessor, East Surrey College

“As an Assessor, I am able to pass on my knowledge and experience from work on the Channel Tunnel to the Apprentices. The construction industry is so collaborative, it’s amazing to see so many different trades involved and help to create something from nothing.”

Jo Dunbar, 23 – Painting & Decorating Apprentice, Mercer & Mercer

“Studying whilst working gives you the upper hand, you get more product knowledge and can combine this with projects at work. There’s also a great sense of camaraderie in the industry – it really gets you through the day!”

The College’s strong links with local and national employers mean that more and more learners are choosing to work as an Apprentice, which provides the valuable opportunity to earn whilst learning. For those wishing to undertake Full-time study, the College welcomes students onto courses including Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical Installation, Painting & Decorating, Plumbing and Welding. The College also offers a range of Part-time and Higher Education courses in construction, for those looking to further their career and get qualified. All students have access to the fully-equipped workshops, and train with industry-experienced lecturers.

East Surrey College are also hosting an Open Event on Wednesday 27 February, from 17:30 – 19:30. Visitors can take a guided tour of the facilities and on-site specialist workshops, speak to staff and find out about the courses available. Visit the College’s website to pre-register, and learn more about Apprenticeships, Full-time and Part-time courses and Higher Education - www.esc.ac.uk.

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