Contractor Coaches College Students For Community Hall Makeover

A construction company has coached a group of Bournville College students as they prepared to tackle a work experience assignment to transform the community hall at Longbridge.

Shepherd Construction is in the process of building the new £66 million Bournville College. However members of the site team have spent their spare time sharing their experience with a group of first and second year students who are studying for their diploma in painting and decorating, as they prepared to decorate the ‘tired looking’ community hall at the St John the Baptist Church on Longbridge Lane.

The Shepherd Construction team provided the materials and helped demonstrate to the students how to work effectively at height and produce a first-rate painting finish that has transformed the hall into a fresh, inspiring space.

Derek Urquhart, contracts manager for Shepherd Construction commented: “We have been delighted to support the local community and help give students a real taste of the type of projects they could be working on when they leave college. All the students worked really hard to help us deliver a fantastic new-look hall for the church.

“We’re now in the final six months of construction work at the College and look forward to seeing this landmark development regenerate the Longbridge area and provide an inspiring learning environment for the students in the future.”

The Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham dropped into the community hall as the makeover was underway. He commented: “It is great to see businesses such as Shepherd Construction sparing time to help students enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence through practical work experience projects such as this. The results are first-class.”

Jackie Willetts, Programme Area Head for Vocational Training at Bournville College, commented: “Our students have enjoyed the opportunity to work on this community project and gain valuable experience working alongside industry professionals. We provide a range of construction courses including full time and apprenticeship routes in painting and decorating from level 1 to level 3. The recent Ofsted report commented that construction students benefit from excellent individual coaching and produce high standard of practical work.”

The new College represents the first phase of the redevelopment of the former MG Rover plant at Longbridge. Shepherd Construction is working in partnership with regeneration specialist St Modwen, Advantage West Midlands and Bournville College to deliver the 4.2 acre college campus by September 2011, in time for the next intake of students.
Posted : 15 April 2011
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