COVENTRY College construction students were given a behind-the-scenes peek at a £25million city centre development to gain industry experience.
Staff from Farrans Construction welcomed eight Level 3 electrical installation students to the Elliots Yard site, a year after they learned about the project during a virtual work placement.
The students were given a presentation about the project’s origins before the tour began.
They were shown how a development of this scale operates before being allowed to ask their questions to the experts.
Farrans partnered with Coventry College in May last year to pilot ‘Step Towards Employment’, a virtual work experience programme that gave learners the chance to deal with real-life industry scenarios to develop their skills.
They also donated five refurbished laptops to the college to help students with their assignments.
The planned follow-up site visit had to be cancelled last year due to COVID-19 regulations.
The project is a 17-storey luxury residential featuring two buildings and 200 apartments and was constructed in an environmentally friendly way.
Farrans Constructions community business partner, Sarah Fearon said: “We are proud of our community development programmes particularly our Step Towards Employment Programme and the impact it has generated.
“Recognising that this programme is the first stepping stone to employment we are delighted to have been given the news that a student has since been successfully employed as a result of engaging in this educational initiative.
“Our continued collaboration with Coventry College is key to our goal of leaving a lasting legacy.”
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