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Bournemouth & Poole College construction students have been given an exciting chance to put their learning into practice

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 06, 2016 | People, policy, politics, money

From last month, the students, aged 19 and over, are taking part in a programme of hands-on workshops designed by Poole-based construction company Stepnell at Parkstone Yacht Club, where the firm is building a new £4.2 million clubhouse.

Over the next seven months, the students will attend six workshops where they will have the opportunity to develop their construction skills by working on the project, mentored by the Stepnell construction team.  

The initiative, which is funded by Stepnell and the company’s specialist subcontractors, will supplement the students’ second-year final project which requires them to complete an investigative case study of a real construction project focusing on on-site job roles.

Stepnell is leading the workshops which are being supported by the College and the project’s design and subcontracting teams, allowing the programme to cover a wide range of construction trades. 

Stepnell project manager, Paul Glenister said, “This is a great project for students to gain hands-on experience in a wide range of construction skills from financing to onsite management.

“These workshops will also help the students understand the unique challenges of a construction project. Real-life experiences are an invaluable way of learning and a great way of showing young people how exciting and rewarding a career in construction can be”.

Stepnell is currently constructing a new three-storey facility for Parkstone Yacht Club which, when completed next year, will house social function facilities, a restaurant and bar, and conference and committee rooms. The clubhouse will also have external terraces overlooking Poole Harbour giving spectators a bird’s-eye view of the Club’s sailing events.

Mark Loose, director of engineering and advanced manufacturing at Bournemouth & Poole College, says: 'From our first meeting back in July, Paul and his staff have been so enthusiastic. We're really pleased that a company as prestigious as Stepnell have invited us to be part of this exciting local project.

“Our students and staff are delighted to be involved and it adds a real cutting-edge value to their studies. I would like to thank Paul and all Stepnell staff for offering us this opportunity. To have sessions delivered by industrial experts and on site will enhance our students’ experience.”

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