Northumberland students build a future in their own backyard

Jordon Stevens, Callum Boite, Will Foster, Brandon Scott, Matthew Helliwell, Chris Aston and Mark Willey from James Calvert Spence College with Gavin Morgan from Galliford Try Partnerships North.
Jordon Stevens, Callum Boite, Will Foster, Brandon Scott, Matthew Helliwell, Chris Aston and Mark Willey from James Calvert Spence College with Gavin Morgan from Galliford Try Partnerships North.

A North East construction company has teamed up with a north Northumberland school to provide placements for seven students.

Galliford Try Partnerships North will work with the students, aged 16 and 17, who are studying for a BTec Level 2 in construction at James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) in Amble.

And the lads will be working close to home – the placements at the town’s Dandsfield Square development will enable them to gather information for their coursework, while experiencing life on a building site.

The qualification will also provide these young people with a basis from which they can pursue careers in the construction industry.

Stephen Thompson, head of faculty at JCSC, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our students, who will no doubt gain much experience from the placements. Galliford Try already hosted a half-day visit which helped them to build on their knowledge and understanding of how a building evolves during the construction process.

“We hope that this link-up will continue and thrive, proving beneficial to both us as education providers and Galliford Try in the future, as they support us in teaching the next generation of construction professionals.”

The developer is working in partnership with Homes for Northumberland and Northumberland County Council (NCC) to deliver 48 new affordable homes on previously-disused land next to Dandsfield Square.

Coun Scott Dickinson, chairman of governors at JCSC and business chairman of NCC, said: “It is great to see that Galliford Try are not just providing high-quality and much-needed homes in Amble, but are also offering educational opportunities to young people in our community, enhancing their career prospects.”