Civil engineering apprentices learn from the experts

Published: February 3, 2017
Photo of the TCAT students at the Tarmac quarry in Bayston Hill – from left, Thomas Wood, Andrew Morgan of TCAT, Toby Dickenson, Jack Moran, Harry Breheney, David Titus, David Sycamore from Tarmac, Keegan Burdett, Jermain Ogunbiyi, and Jordan Mawer

The TCAT students at the Tarmac quarry in Bayston Hill – from left, Thomas Wood, Andrew Morgan of TCAT, Toby Dickenson, Jack Moran, Harry Breheney, David Titus, David Sycamore from Tarmac, Keegan Burdett, Jermain Ogunbiyi, and Jordan Mawer

Civil engineering students from Telford College of Arts and Technology have been learning from the experts – both in the classroom, and out on location.

The level two apprentices took part in a fact-finding visit to the Sharpstone Lane quarry in Bayston Hill, in conjunction with site operators, Tarmac.

They also got chance to learn about tendering and estimating for construction projects when experts from Wellington-based civil engineering contractor McPhillips, and Oswestry-based building contractors Paveaways, visited the TCAT campus.

Jeff Fletcher, senior construction tutor at TCAT, said: “We are always keen to give students the chance to learn from the experts, which is why we have built strong links with local companies.

“We are grateful to the support shown by the likes of Tarmac, McPhillips, Ringway Jacobs and Paveaways – it is important for students to gain as much real work experience as possible, and get the chance to meet some of the many locally-based civil engineering experts.”

David Sycamore, asphalt plant manager at Tarmac’s Bayston Hill quarry, said: “It’s good to get the younger generation introduced to the quarrying industry.

“An understanding of how stone is extracted and processed before being sent to sites for use can only be beneficial to the supplier and the customer.

Photo of 2.Steve Roberts (senior estimator) and Victoria Lawson (commercial director) from Paveaways talk to the TCAT students about tendering and estimating

2. Steve Roberts (senior estimator) and Victoria Lawson (commercial director) from Paveaways talk to the TCAT students about tendering and estimating

“This understanding can help spot problems before laying which could lead to costly complaints and customer dissatisfaction and disruption to the public being avoided.”

He said Tarmac was always happy to welcome TCAT students to the quarry. “It is an opportunity to promote the opportunities within the company to the new generation.”

Students on the level two Highway Maintenance and Civil Engineering Construction Operations apprenticeship attend TCAT for one week each month to study for a diploma, as well as boosting English and maths qualifications.

photo of Tarmac’s Sharpstone Lane Quarry, at Bayston Hill

Tarmac’s Sharpstone Lane Quarry, at Bayston Hill

To successfully complete their apprenticeship, they must achieve the level two NVQ diploma in Highway Maintenance – a competence-based qualification which is assessed in the workplace.

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TCAT runs a series of other construction-related courses, from basic to advanced level, including NRSWA Streetworks, and CITB Site Safety Plus Programmes. For further information contact Tim Gibbs at TCAT on 01952 642237.