The College Merthyr Tydfil has signed a partnership agreement with UCATT – The Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians, to build learning and skills in the construction area. The partnership will see both parties work together to share information, resources and best practice initiatives to promote and raise the profile of learning, training and skills within the construction area.
As part of the partnership, construction students from the college will have an opportunity to visit the nuclear new-build at Hinkley Point C (HPC), which is set to become one of the largest construction projects in Europe.
Students will experience first hand the broad range of learning and work opportunities associated with such large scale project. At its peak, Hinkley Point will bring approximately 25,000 job opportunities and the Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians are keen to demonstrate to youngsters how these job opportunities will benefit not only learners and employees in Somerset, but also across the United Kingdom.
As part of the partnership, members of UCATT will also come along to the college to provide workshops and presentations to groups of construction students.
Malcolm Davies, a member of UCATT who originated from Merthyr Tydfil, is particularly keen to use these workshops and presentations to showcase the construction opportunities available for local students. Malcolm commented “This partnership is an exciting opportunity for both parties. The construction industry is booming. Hinkley Point will create thousands of jobs. These jobs will not just be based on the actual site but also those involved in the wider project aspect, for example, the companies supplying all of the materials for the development, the back fill of construction posts where employees have left to go and take up a position at Hinkley Point and much more!”
Simon Robson, Head of Construction at the college, commented, “I’m really excited at the opportunities this partnership will provide for our students. Being Merthyr born and bred, I’m hoping that will help the youngsters will relate to Malcolm, draw from his experience on work /construction related matters and realise the opportunities that do exist for them if they continue to work hard and achieve their construction qualifications.”
UCATT will commence their programme of workshops and presentations to students in January 2016.
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