Sewell Construction has been appointed as an Industry Partner of Wakefield College, supporting the next generation of construction workers through the college’s new T-level qualifications starting this September.
As part of this new partnership, Sewell Construction has taken on two students as part of the T-level pilot, who are looking to progress into a career in construction. As part of their design, surveying and planning for construction course, Cameron and Adam will work alongside Sewell Construction’s team one day per week throughout the duration of the refurbishment of Rutland Mills in Wakefield, getting real life experience on a building site.
Jon Webster, project manager at Rutland Mills, said: “Having been in the construction industry since leaving school, it’s great to see the younger generation taking an interest in gaining a career in what can be both a challenging and rewarding industry.
“Over the last few years, the construction industry has seen a shortage of numbers across all aspects of the industry, and so we need to do all we can to encourage more younger people to consider these careers. Our industry partnership with Wakefield College has opened an array of opportunities for young people and has been a breath of fresh air for us when looking to engage and encourage local employment.
“Although Cameron and Adam have only been with the Rutland Mills team a short while, they have already knuckled down with the tasks set for them each week. They are a credit to Wakefield College and a perfect fit for everything that Sewell Construction stands for.
“We look forward to having them both on board until the project completion and hope that in the future, more permanent positions will become available across the business.”
Appointed through competitive tender, Sewell Construction is upgrading the structural stability of the current Rutland Mills buildings on behalf of client Opera PM for City and Provincial Properties.
The vision for Rutland Mills – soon to be known as Tileyard North – is to create a rich mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster, with a programme that includes artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail’ restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space; and provision for education.
Wakefield College student Cameron Snowden (above) said: “It’s great to be part of such a huge project here at Rutland Mills, gaining valuable experience to help with my own career progression.
“Everyone on site has made me feel so welcome; shadowing my mentor has already given me great insight into the industry and it has confirmed that this is what I want to do for a living.
“I’ve gained in so much confidence and I am excited to see the project come together over the coming weeks and months.”
The Sewell Construction team will take a hands-on role through their partnership with Wakefield College, not just with Adam (left) and Cameron, but other students at the college too.
They will have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on students’ work on and off site, host masterclasses, workshops and build on the relationship with the Wakefield College to help shape the curriculum, encouraging more young people to pursue a career in this industry.
Debbie Lee, work placement and T-level officer from Wakefield College, said: “We feel extremely fortunate to have Sewell Construction as one of our industry partners, supporting the next generation of technical professionals.
“We currently have two students with them, who are learning hands-on, what it’s like to be a quantity surveyor and a site manager respectively on a large working site.
“These kinds of experiences cannot be underestimated; in terms of the impact they have on a young person understanding the role in action and giving them an insight into their future career.”