Site visit (Marks &) Sparks students interest

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Site visit (Marks &) Sparks students interest

08 October 2014

Construction students recently visited construction firm McLaughlin & Harvey Limited on site at the new Marks & Spencer store in Shepherds Hill, Woodley.

The aim of the visit was to give the students an insight into the real life construction industry and to see how what they are learning on their course relates to this.

The site manager, Steven Morrissey, spoke to the students about his role on the site, the project’s timeframe, and the health and safety risks that exist on a construction site. He also gave the students the chance to see all of the electrical, plumbing and carpentry work involved in the project.

Course tutor Becki Thorne believes that the visits like this are invaluable to the students.

“By giving the students the chance to experience the working site, it helps them to apply what they are learning here at college to a real life environment. The students had such a ‘buzz’ after the visit. It has really inspired them to achieve the best they can in order to go on to get employment in the industry, and given them high aspirations to work for.” 

Student Robert Wright agreed that experience had taught him a great deal:

“I had no idea about what the job role involved before but now I feel I have learnt what it means to be a Site Manager. I really didn’t realise the large part health and safety played on site and the importance of personal protective equipment. 

“Steven, the site manager, also highlighted the importance of discipline and the idea that good communication would lead to a successful workplace.  I feel I was able to learn a lot from this visit and it benefited me hugely to see what I have been learning about in college, applied to a practical situation.”

The visit has inspired student Christian Foumboua to consider a career as a site manager himself:

“I thought the visit to the Marks & Spencer site was a really useful experience because we got to see how it is set up and how people contribute to the workings of a site. I was very impressed with how quickly they work because they have to meet a certain deadline to finish their work.

“I thought the Site Manager was really helpful because he explained how things work on site and why they work, such as Health and Safety. He also told us about his role on the site, which was very interesting and I am now considering becoming a Site Manager.”

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