Building Partnerships

Date: 27/07/2011

A partnership between Dearne Valley College (DVC), YORbuild and Wildgoose Construction continues to go from strength to strength.

The Wath based college in conjunction with YORbuild work together to form relationships with building contractors to open up opportunities for its students to get hands on experience with local construction firms.

Wildgoose Construction is a leading building contractor operating throughout a wide geographical area centering on Yorkshire and the East and West Midlands, with a reputation for quality and client satisfaction.

Currently building homes in West Melton and Kilnhurst for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), the projects were procured using the YORbuild Framework that includes contractual employment and skills targets and aims to offer local opportunities for local people. Wildgoose with the help of YORbuild approached the college to offer its students placements on its construction sites.

Through this partnership Construction students from the Wath based college have to study towards their Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Site Safety Plus certificate. Recently, representatives from the Chesterfield based company along with YORbuild presented Construction students with their CITB certificates.

The CITB certificate is an introduction to site safety made up of 15 sections on risks and hazards associated with construction sites. Covered over the course of a day with a multi-choice test at the end, this ensures students gain a basic understanding and awareness of health and safety duties and responsibilities of potential risks and hazards on a construction site.

Mark Scott, Employment and Skills Co-ordinator, YORbuild commented:

“Working together, Wildgoose Construction have arranged for students to go on work placements on their sites, this relationship between the three parties continues to promote sustainability and create opportunities for local people”.

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications for courses starting September 2011.

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