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News: Construction Students Gain Real-World Experience from Industry Experts at Basford Developments

Construction students forge skills from industry experts
Construction students forge skills from industry experts

As Basford’s two new developments progress, construction students are getting an immersive, real-world learning experience.

Students are witnessing first-hand how professionals manage and construct large-scale buildings. The projects are led by local building contractor G F Tomlinson, who have already hosted several site tours for the students. This gives them a close-up view of the action and direct insights from industry experts about each project stage, from health and safety procedures and equipment to machinery, building techniques, and materials.

The site tour was really informative. It’s good to see the site develop each week and to have the chance to look around and ask questions to the team at GFT. I’m looking forward to our next look around when there’ll be even more to see. 

Sham Azam — Level 1 Construction Skills (Brickwork) Student

It’s a unique and exciting experience for our students to witness each stage of a build like this. Our workshops offer real working environments, but there’s nothing quite like a real construction site. This complements their studies and is hopefully inspiring them to be ready for their future careers. 

Rob Moore — Head of Faculty

The two new facilities, a £5.4m centre for employment and independent living for Students with Learning Difficulties and/​or Disabilities (SLDD), and a £5.4m Construction Skills Centre (CSC), are being built at the same time. These buildings will expand our Basford campuses construction and supported learning offers and increase our capacity to serve the construction industry’s growing need for new skilled workers.

The CSC is expected to be complete by the end of September 2024 and ready to welcome students after the October half-term. Meanwhile, the SLDD centre is scheduled for completion by G F Tomlinson at the end of November 2024 and ready to open to students in early 2025.

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  • 20th February 2024 (12:00 PM)
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