Bolton-based national construction firm Seddon Construction has launched a new partnership with the town’s POWERWAVE Skills Centre to help construction students build for a career in the industry.
Based at Rivington and Blackrod High School, the Skills Centre provides BTEC and City and Guilds construction training for Year 10 and 11 students (aged 14-16) from schools across Bolton with around 100 students attending the centre each week to learn brickwork, joinery and other construction trades.
Through the new partnership, Seddon will provide a range of mentoring guidance and support for POWERWAVE students. Seddon staff will be visiting the Skills Centre regularly to talk to students about their jobs and the industry, while the company will also arrange work experience placements for students and advise them on apprenticeships. In addition, Seddon is sponsoring a new ‘outstanding achievement’ award which will be given to the best POWERWAVE student each term. Seddon has funded a trophy which will go to the termly winner with the winner and runner-up each receiving certificates and £15 vouchers. Seddon has also presented POWERWAVE with a new circular saw for its training centre.
POWERWAVE Skills Centre manager Damien Bradley says: "This kind of support from Seddon Construction makes a huge difference to our work with students. The company’s input gives the student the industry perspective on the academic work we do here, and where a business like Seddon is prepared to put in the time and effort with the young people, it shows them that the construction industry can offer them a real future.”
Seddon Construction training manager Tony Costello says: "Providing opportunities and mentoring guidance for young people is a key part of our work developing a new generation of construction professionals. The POWERWAVE students will be able to benefit from ‘real-world’ experience and the knowledge and expertise of our own team, as they take their first steps into the industry.” Seddon has already taken on one apprentice who was recruited through the POWERWAVE programme in 2012.
Part of the Seddon Group, Seddon Construction has a turnover of more than £150 million and employs over 1,000 people. The company provides the full range of construction services, specialising in new-build, refurbishment, development and sustainable energy.
The Seddon Group is a family-owned company specialising in construction, painting and maintenance and housebuilding, with a national turnover of over £250 million.
Seddon Group last year recruited 88 apprentices in total to work across its operations nationally.