PYC Workshop

Local construction students learn from the experts

A group of 32 Bournemouth & Poole College students studying for a two-year HNC in Construction and the Built Environment have been given an exciting chance to put their classroom learning into practice on a live construction site in Poole.

From October 2016, the students, aged 19-up, are taking part in a programme of hands-on workshops designed by the Poole construction team at Parkstone Yacht Club, where we are building a new £4.2 million clubhouse. Over the next seven months, the students will attend six workshops where they will have the opportunity to develop their construction skills by working on the project, mentored by the Stepnell construction team.  

The initiative, which is funded by Stepnell and our specialist subcontractors, will supplement the students’ second-year final project which requires them to complete an investigative case study of a real construction project focusing on on-site job roles.

Stepnell is leading the workshops which are being supported by the College and the project’s design and subcontracting teams, allowing the programme to cover a wide range of construction trades. 
“This is a great project for students to gain hands-on experience in a wide range of construction skills from financing to onsite management,” says Paul Glenister, one of our Poole based project managers. “These workshops will also help the students understand the unique challenges of a construction project. Real-life experiences are an invaluable way of learning and a great way of showing young people how exciting and rewarding a career in construction can be.

“With 10% of our workforce made up of trainees, apprentices and graduates, we have a strong company focus on training. These workshops have given us the perfect opportunity to act on this commitment, and to contribute to the future of our industry.”

Stepnell is currently constructing a new three-storey facility for Parkstone Yacht Club which, when completed next year, will house social function facilities, a restaurant and bar, and conference and committee rooms. The clubhouse will also have external terraces overlooking Poole Harbour giving spectators a bird’s-eye view of the Club’s sailing events.

Mark Loose, director of engineering and advanced manufacturing at Bournemouth & Poole College, says: "From our first meeting back in July, Paul and his staff have been so enthusiastic. We're really pleased that a company as prestigious as Stepnell have invited us to be part of this exciting local project. Our students and staff are delighted to be involved and it adds a real cutting-edge value to their studies. I would like to thank Paul and all Stepnell staff for offering us this opportunity. To have sessions delivered by industrial experts and on site will enhance our students’ experience.”