Mark Shuard, Mark Seyler, Brendon Taylor, Cllr Geoff Williams, Alex Lloyd, Tom Isgar

Heart of Worcestershire College has teamed up with Speller Metcalfe and Worcester City Council to offer work placements for their students at the highly anticipated Perdiswell Swimming Pool development.

As part of their course, all Level 2 and Level 3 year one Engineering and Construction students are required to undertake a work placement of 30 hours minimum to increase their understanding of future career opportunities and support their work based skills, allowing them to successfully progress into employment.

Mark Seyler, Work Placement Officer at HoW College commented on the value of these placements;

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work on such a prestigious project in Worcester City. Work placements help significantly increase employability skills and are an integral part of all our study programmes. I would like to thank Speller Metcalfe and Worcester City Council for supporting this.”

Brendon Taylor, Level 2 Wood Occupation student explains the value of these placements;

“This placement will give me an insight on what it’s like to be a carpenter working at a construction site. Working in a busy environment, I will learn more about the importance of health and safety hazards and the importance of working with others. This will look brilliant on my CV and will help me find a job when I finish my course.”

Alex Lloyd, Level 3 Electrical Installation student is also looking forward to the placement;

“This placement will compliment what I have learnt during my course. I’m really looking forward to gaining further experience and have a better understanding of what it is like to work onsite.”

The partnership between the organisations will also see Speller Metcalfe provide site tours for the learners and deliver talks about the skills and attribute needed for a successful career in the construction industry.

“We’re delighted to welcome students from the Heart of Worcestershire College to join Speller Metcalfe on our site,” said Tom Isgar, Management Trainee at Speller Metcalfe.

“Practical experience is obviously a key factor for anyone learning a trade or new skill – something I am undertaking through my own learning at Speller Metcalfe – and with the current skills shortage the construction industry is facing, it’s really important that we continue to train and support other apprentices and students coming through the ranks.”

Worcester City Council has contributed to the programme costs.

“Creating pathways for people to get into employment for the first time is a key priority for the City Council,” says Cllr Geoff Williams, Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity.

“This joint initiative is an excellent example of how the private and public sector can work together to help local people develop the skills they need to secure jobs.”

For more information about courses or studying at HoW College please visit our website:

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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