Those looking to pursue a quality career in the engineering and construction sectors have received a boost following the creation of Bicton College’s Engineering and Construction Centre (BECC).
BECC in now ready to host a range of new groundworks courses, with the additional goal of delivering the skills to support the Hinkley Point C project, which comes with a massive demand for skilled employees and a huge amount of jobs.
John Matthews, a trainer and assessor from South West Highways, said the refurbishment and addition of new courses was welcome news.
“There is a lack of qualified workmen for contracts, which the Level Two course in General Construction at Bicton College will fill perfectly,” he said.
“The ongoing partnership with Bicton College will be not only a fantastic opportunity for Bicton, but also provide great opportunities for employment in the South West and will lead to a future in construction for the students.”
Deputy Principal of Bicton, Andy Daw, said the College had “listened to industry and are now training the next generation of groundworkers, which includes plant operations as well as plant maintenance”.
“We are in a partnership with three major local companies who do the skilled groundworks and set up building sites,” he continued.
“With many exciting large scale local projects on the horizon, this is a fantastic partnership that will benefit both us at the College as well as local businesses and the local economy.”
The three major companies involved at this stage are Fred Champion Group, Steve Hoskins and Pavillion. So far, 17 groundworks apprentices have been enrolled and are completing the intermediate apprenticeship, which will take just over one year at the newly developed BECC.
And in a boon for those wanting to enter the construction sector, the three companies have synergised as an employers group to continue to work on education and training needs.
Students on the Groundworks course will learn about formwork, drainage, levelling and concreting, which will better prepare them for the workplace, or allow progression on to the Level 3 and 4 courses.
The refurbishment of BECC was completed following an ESIF grant thanks to a successful bid in the Heart of the South West LEPs Growth Deal.
For more information on The Bicton Engineering and Construction Centre, as well as the Groundworks, Plant Operations and Construction courses on offer at Bicton College please visit www.bicton.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.
European Structural and Investment Funds
The project has received £300k of funding from the Regional Growth Fund. The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has supported eligible projects and programmes raising private sector investment to create economic growth and lasting employment.