Building students get first hand experience

Bersham Road Work Experience

Trainee builders, plumbers and joiners are benefiting from work experience on the £10m redevelopment of their own college campus – thanks to an initiative by Wynne Construction.

The students have had the opportunity to work alongside the site manager from Wynne Construction and other trades involved in the new build and redevelopment of the Bersham Road campus in Wrexham for Coleg Cambria.

Wynne Construction, which has carved out considerable expertise in building and redeveloping educational establishments in North Wales and the North West, has also liaised closely with teaching staff to ensure the smooth running of the college.

The two-year project at Bersham Road, which is expected to be complete by Easter 2018, involves the design and construction of a brand new, state of the art teaching facility, which will be used by engineering students. In addition, three existing buildings will be completely revamped and refurbished.

The campus mainly focuses on providing vocational subjects including joinery, engineering, plastering and plumbing and the investment is expected to increase capacity, as well as the number of courses available at the site.

Paul Roberts, site manager for Wynne Construction, said: “This project is going really well with the new build engineering block due for completion at the end of July.

2From the beginning we’ve liaised closely with teaching staff to ensure that they are fully informed of the schedule so they can plan their lessons around it to minimise disruption. It is our policy to be as courteous and considerate as possible while on site.

“Because the campus is for building students, the project has provided a terrific opportunity for them to experience a multi-million pound re-development project first hand. Since we started the project, I’ve held regular guided site tours, when I’ve set little projects for the students. We’ve taken on around 15 students on work placements as this is a great chance for them to play a part in the re-development of their own college site.”

Matthew Owen, of Coleg Cambria, said: “I’d like to thank Wynne Construction for giving our learners work placement opportunities at the Bersham Road new build.

“Our learners have a better understanding regarding the technical developments and it’s brilliant to see this reflected in their assignment work.”

Chris Wynne, managing director of Bodelwyddyan-headquartered Wynne Construction, said: “We are working very hard to ensure teaching staff at Coleg Cambria are kept fully informed of our work schedule to enable them to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum. The fact that we have been able to provide such a valuable learning experience for some of the students is an added bonus.”