Students from Bath College’s Technology Department spent time thinking about where they’d like to work in the future during an employability week organised by the Futures Team.
The week, which included site visits, CV workshops and employer talks, was open to students studying stonemasonry, bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating, and engineering.
Business owners David and Catherine Simmonds welcomed Level 1 and Level 2 carpentry students on a visit to Interesting Timbers – a family owned business with its own sawmill onsite.
Students also visited the Somerdale site in Keynsham, on the site of the former Cadbury chocolate factory, where Taylor Wimpey is building up to 700 new homes, as well as a new sports club, a primary school, retail units, a care home and a new medical centre.
They met Liam Drew, who studied at Bath College and secured a full-time job with carpenters Pearce & Priestner after completing work experience on the Somerdale site.
All students at Bath College can access careers advice and employability opportunities through the Futures Team. Students on a course run by the Technology Department take part in employability weeks three times a year.
Employability Adviser Jason Noch said: “Our students are the future of the industry and we know how important it is to help them prepare for the world of work.
“We have some good connections with employers and they are keen to offer work experience. It was useful for the students to see some of the building sites they could be working on.”