Construction focus in new college deal

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 January 2016

Weston College and UCATT sign agreement.

Weston College and UCATT sign agreement.


A NEW focus on teaching students the specifics of nuclear buildings and other key skills for construction will be introduced at Weston College, after a new learning agreement was signed.

The college, in Weston-super-Mare, has teamed up with the Union of Construction Allied Trades (UCATT).

Leaders from both of the organisations have now signed a provider protocol document as part of an official partnership.

The two organisations will now work together to develop learning, skills and programmes which will benefit students when they get into the workplace – with a particular focus on what skills are needed for the Hinkley Point C building project.

The college’s principal and chief executive, Dr Paul Phillips, said: “The aim of this partnership is to develop a learning culture within companies, the workplace and the community.

“This signed and sealed agreement between the college and UCATT seeks to ensure all parties benefit from the partnership enshrined in this protocol by clearly defining roles, responsibilities and accountability so that success can be measured and celebrated.”

The college already has a construction and engineering centre of excellence at its South West Skills Campus and will now work with UCATT to organise promotional events and taster sessions.

The £18billion Hinkley Point project is forecast to provide 25,000 jobs during construction and 900 jobs in its 60-year operating life.

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