Tuesday 1st September 2009 by C. Freeman
Three students who completed a construction skills course enjoyed it so much that they are now pursuing practical careers. Alex Barrowman and Ryan Strachan have got four-year apprenticeships to learn electrical and mechanical engineering and plumbing respectively while Toby Jenkinson is to study carpentry.
They were among 13 students who successfully completed a BTEC qualification in construction at Corby Training Academy where craftsmen teach skills like bricklaying and plastering. The students first did a City and Guilds foundation course, then a newly-introduced BTEC qualification.
Alex said: 'It was good experience as we got some hands-on skills and made some good friends as well.' He studied plumbing and electrics on his course
which should stand him in good stead for his electrical and mechanical
engineering apprenticeship with Bradgate Bakery in Leicester.
Toby plans to study carpentry.
Ryan Strachan got a distinction in Construction among other qualifications, and he has already started his apprenticeship with a local plumber. He said: 'I already did plumbing on my construction course so I knew what to expect. I started my job last Monday and I'm really enjoying it.'
Toby Jenkinson was pleased with his results which included a merit in his construction course. He is now planning to complete a two year diploma in carpentry at Moulton College. He said: 'Because I did my construction course I thought I could do something else as well. I did bricklaying, plastering, electrics and plumbing and really enjoyed it. I'd rather do hands-on work than sit behind a desk!'