BCoT held its first virtual open event of the academic year on Tuesday 13 October.
The Future Skills Centre which is part of Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) is working with one of the UK's largest residential developers, Taylor Wimpey, to find apprentices and give them the construction skills they need to help build their home town’s ambitious future.The new bricklaying apprentices will be trained at the Hudson Road site in Bordon and on site at the new Dukes Quarter development within the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Project (also known as Prince Phillip Park). Once their three-year training programme is completed, they will then have the chance to secure full employment with the company.Cllr Ferris Cowper from East Hampshire District Council who helped set up the partnership and is portfolio holder for Whitehill and Bordon, said: “The dream of ‘The Town That Builds Itself’, is becoming a reality!”"We are delighted to be able to work with these developers, who have a national reputation in collaboration and with the exceptional Future Skills Centre”."I'd like to acknowledge the effort put into this by Charles Waggett, a Director of Taylor Wimpey, who adopted my suggestion with enthusiasm and turned it into this very exciting project”."The regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon is all about hope for the future. Through this project our young people can have new hope of employment and prosperity in this amazing project that is setting national standards across the board."Taylor Wimpey which operates locally as part of The Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company, is ready to recruit and deliver excellent training to students at the Future Skills Centre from September 2019.Steve Gilder, Manager of the Future Skills Centre said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Future Skills Centre to work with such prominent employers and it can only benefit the young people of Whitehill and Bordon”.The model, thought to be unique across the country, has apprentices working in sectioned off areas of the development, under the watchful eye of a Master Tradesperson, who offers specific guidance and ‘on the job’ training.By improving the skills base in the Whitehill and Bordon area, East Hampshire District Council hopes to attract businesses and create new employment opportunities as well as mitigating the rising skills shortage in the construction industry.To find out more about the new apprenticeship programme, please email Steve Gilder by Friday 11 October 2019. A full job description is also available. Applicants looking to apply will need to provide an updated C.V. and cover letter.