Construction has been completed on a brand-new bricklaying workshop at Solihull College & University Centre’s Woodlands Campus.
Alongside the College’s other industry-standard construction facilities for carpentry, plastering and decorating, the bricklaying workshop has been built to help develop the region’s construction workforce. With high-profile construction projects such as HS2 taking place in the local area, the college continues to ensure the local economy is supplied with skilled workers.
The new workshop measures 120 square feet and boasts 18 individual 2 1/2 metre square bays where students can work towards their qualification. Bricklaying Lecturer, Alan McDermott is impressed with the new space. He comments: “The new workshop has been a great addition to the department. Students can remain focussed and respect each other’s space in each bay. It is a great space to showcase student work and the new disciplined set up also helps with pandemic guidelines”.
Student Callum Crawford, 19, discussed the merits of the new facility. He comments “We really enjoy learning in the new workshop. It is more spacious and is a much easier working environment”. Student Adam Raees, 17, added: “This sort of environment helps us develop our skills better and is a great place to learn”.
With students taking part in work experience as part of their course, the new workshop is proving essential in preparing them for real life site experience. It is hoped that the workshop will see many future bricklayers through its doors and will be an essential part in upskilling the local construction workforce of the future.