A partnership between Central College Nottingham, Broxtowe Borough Council and its construction partner United Living has won a Building Communities Award after offering more than 150 work experience placements to Central students. The three partners won the Training category of the awards, which are hosted by procurement consortium, EEM Ltd, to recognise the professionalism, excellence and innovation sitting at the heart of the region’s construction and housing community.
The College received the award along with the partners at the Awards ceremony, held at East Midlands Conference Centre on Friday 24 February. For the training category, partners had to demonstrate collaborative working, practical learning and innovative techniques.
In 2015 Central started working with the two organisations, who wanted to formalise their own longstanding partnership initiative that offered real and sustainable opportunities to local people, including work experience. As a result, ‘100 in 100’ was born, seeing one hundred students from across Central’s range of construction courses gaining three days’ work experience over the year. This initiative has gone from strength to strength and is now in its second year.
The students’ efforts have supported local communities in residential areas that are overseen by Broxtowe Council’s Housing Modernisations Contract - a seven year agreement to upgrade managed homes across West Nottinghamshire. They mainly worked on projects which involved the replacement of kitchens and bathrooms, as well as upgrades to electrical installations.
Thomas Orrey, Electrical Apprentice
The success of this scheme was evident with an almost immediate impact for one of the first students to take part. Since completing his work experience placement with United Living in October 2015, Thomas Orrey, a 20-year-old Central College Nottingham student was offered a full-time apprenticeship placement with one of United Living’s key subcontractors on the scheme, Farrendale Electrical Contractors.
Thomas, from Bingham, Nottingham is now studying for an NVQ 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation as part of a formal Apprenticeship Training programme with Farrendale, whilst completing his studies at Central.
I’m grateful for the opportunity and training I received with United Living as this has enable me meet and work for Farrendale Electrical contractors. I’m now able to fulfil my ambition to become a fully qualified electrician. Without the help from United Living I would not be in full-time work with an electrical contractor that is helping me to complete my NVQ Level 3 qualification.- Thomas Orrey