Trip inspires future carpenters

19 Apr 2017
  • Carpentry students visit Galiford Try building site in Plymouth.  
  • There is a shortage of carpenters in the industry.


(SALTASH; 18/04/2017): Carpentry students from Cornwall College Saltash have been getting hands on experience at a Galiford Try building site.

The students spent a day at the site in Southway where 67 new affordable homes are being built. They were given a full site induction and site tour by the site foreman who explained the various stages of construction.

They also went into the houses been constructed and talked to several trades people.

Carpentry Lecturer, Roger Edgecombe, said the trip was “a fantastic opportunity for our students to be introduced to site practices through our partnership with Galiford Try.”

“It really opened our learners’ eyes to how fast the buildings were being erected. Since returning to college after the trip they have all said how it has inspired them to want to work on site” he continued.

Student, Sam Bawden, said “we all really enjoyed the trip”.

“It gave us a real insight into what goes on and how it works. It was great to see the foundations at the very start of a house and slowly going up through the houses as they are built,” he continued.

“It was interesting speaking to the site manager and assistant manager who went through a toolbox talk with us so we could see how they are organised. I feel I learnt a lot about the construction industry.”

Fellow student, Kyle Cole, agreed that “it was really good to see the practical we are doing in college on a bigger scale. It’s helped me to understand the importance of completing tasks on time.

“They explained there is going to be a shortage of carpenters in the industry which has really motivated me to get qualified as a carpenter and join the industry.”

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