Students Sport an Interest in Old Leisure Centre Site

Students Sport an Interest in Old Leisure Centre Site

L-R Peter McCann Principal of NSC, Luke Butler Assistant Site Manager from Jessup, Steve Morris Clerk of Works for The Wrekin Housing Trust, Cameron Oliver, Mitch Ellis, Nic Williams Tutor at NSC, and Nigel Derry from Jessup

Students from North Shropshire College (NSC) have been undertaking work experience on a new development of 46 homes. A mixture of two and three bedroom homes are being built for The Wrekin Housing Trust by contractor Jessup at the site of Oswestry’s former leisure centre adjacent to the College.

The students who are studying Level 1 and 2 Plumbing with City and Guilds have been able to spend up to two days on site and after being fully briefed about health and safety, have spent time observing all aspects of work from groundworks to plastering.

Level two students Cameron Oliver and Mitch Ellis said: “It has been great to see the entire site being worked on and talk with the different trades on site. Getting up onto the scaffold and seeing the roof and guttering works has been a highlight. We both feel inspired to look into apprenticeships to further our knowledge of construction and start a career.”

Course tutor Nic Davies said: “This has been an eye opening experience for our students. Explaining in the workshop is great but you can’t beat seeing what you have learnt being put into practice. I’ve also seen the students really engage with discussions about various aspects of the homes being built.”

Alan Mason, Senior Clerk of Works for The Wrekin Housing Trust, said: “It’s brilliant to see students taking a real interest in the various aspects of construction work required to develop our new homes.  Working alongside a contactor like Jessup offers a real opportunity to learn and get a feel for the type of jobs that may be available to them in the future. The development of this site will provide 106 jobs including five construction apprentice positions”

Peter Butler, General Manager from Jessup, said: “Jessup is pleased to work with The Wrekin Housing Trust to be able to offer valuable work experience to students from Walford and North Shropshire College on the College Road development of 46 new homes. This gives them a flavour of a real construction site and the students have been fascinated by the busy environment and wide variety of activities that go into delivering high quality affordable housing.”

The new homes will be affordably let once completed next year.

For more information about the development, contact Kathryn Holmes, Marketing Executive for The Wrekin Housing Trust via 01952 217308 or email

For more information about Construction courses starting in Sep at NSC or to apply now, visit the website at or call the Admissions Team on 01691 688080.

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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