Moreton Morrell College partners with national developer for bricklaying facility – FE News

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The latest phase of a major collaboration between a leading university group and a national developer is expected to benefit students across the region.

WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) and Taylor Wimpey Midlands set up a training center for apprentice masons at Moreton Morrell College.

As part of the partnership, a space has been set up for masons to practice their construction skills.

Work is still underway to develop the space, but the initial cohort of masons enjoyed four days of hands-on training with master craftsman Gez Baldwin at Moreton Morrell College.

The work included a theoretical day to help them gain a good understanding of the work a qualified mason is expected to carry out on a Taylor Wimpey site.

Mark Bonham, Deputy Director of WCG, said: Thanks to the new training center, everything will be designed to ensure that each student who goes through the training program develops the tools they need to become the best bricklayer possible.

“In the facility, they will receive knowledge about the trade, which will give them the confidence they need to use their newly acquired skills while working.

“Alongside their training, apprentices carry out maintenance work on campus – and operate sustainably using bricks that must be discarded to complete the work. This is extremely useful to us in the daily management of the college.

“The partnership between Taylor Wimpey and WCG has been great for all parties. Through our joint efforts to create a high-level training center, it will improve the apprenticeship program for masons. »

The apprentices were recruited through Taylor Wimpey’s latest recruitment drive, where the company employed 11 new apprentices, including nine masons and two carpenters.

Taylor Wimpey won the JobCrowd ‘Top Company for Apprentices to Work For’ 2022/23.

Michelle Reid, Head of Learning at Taylor Wimpey, said: “We want to explore all the ways we can support the improvement of Moreton Morrell’s facilities, which in the longer term will benefit future learners under construction on campus and will benefit our business.

“We value our four trainee apprentices who are developing the ropes to maximize their learning potential, and the new facility should help them get the most out of their Taylor Wimpey apprenticeship.

“We look forward to recruiting the next new cohort of apprentices and training them at the Training Centre.

John Billings, Construction Project Manager at WCG, added: “The work already produced by the apprentices is excellent and proving beneficial to all – which is all the more remarkable as they are in the first year of their learning and that some had no previous experience to draw on.

“There are some truly remarkable achievements so far – with Harry Green representing WCG at a regional WorldSkills competition and Owen Shaw winning the Junior Guild of Bricklayers event hosted at Rugby College and competing nationally later this month- this.

“All apprentices exceed expectations and produce work of an extremely high standard. We look forward to following their journey into a thriving industry.

To learn more about Masonry courses at WCG, visit www.wcg.ac.uk/study

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