SIX students from East Durham College's new Technical Academy started on their work placement with repairs and maintenance service providers Morrison, in Peterlee, earlier this week.
The students, who are all aged 17 to 19 and on the final year of their NVQ Level 2 in Gas Installation and Maintenance, will spend the next six weeks putting the skills they have learnt at the Academy into practice on real jobs. The students will also undertake stringent health and safety training with Morrison including areas such as working at heights, COSHH and asbestos identification.
Student Jordan Common, 19 from Seaham, said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be great to work for Morrison and hopefully improve my skills.”
Barbara Archer, business manager at The Technical Academy, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Morrison for the first time and hope this will develop into a really successful long-term relationship between our organisations, helping to benefit even more of our students in the future.”
The new placements were arranged with Martin Donnelly, HR business partner at Morrison, who explained: “The students will get to work alongside our gas services team, working in a number of domestic home settings. They will train in a range of installation and maintenance tasks such as inspecting, servicing, repairing or fitting new boilers and domestic heating systems.
“We are delighted to be able to help these local lads.”
The Technical Academy which will be officially opened this Thursday by John Denham MP, shadow business secretary, is located on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.
The Academy provides training in a range of construction trades including gas and electrical installation and maintenance, fitted interiors, plastering, wall and floor tiling and roofing.
For more details visit www.eastdurham.ac.uk or call 0191 518 8222.