New Groundworks Training Centre

A new outdoor groundworks and civil engineering training area built by McPhillips at Telford College has recently opened.

This centre has been designed to replicate a construction site enabling the College to provide trainees with experience of excavation, kerb laying, drainage, blockwork, paving, tarmacing and plant operation in a realistic environment.

Having operated our own apprenticeship scheme since 1996 McPhillips remains committed to playing its part in encouraging the next generation of construction operatives and currently has 14 apprentices benefiting from using the new facilities.

McPhillips’ Marketing Manager Mark Kiddie said: “McPhillips is pleased to support Telford College in improving the facilities available to upskill our own trainees, and wider construction industry resources.

“It makes sense to keep our training as local to our Telford base as we can, and having these fantastic facilities on our doorstep is a real advantage.

“With the shortage of people entering construction, the more attractive we can make getting into the industry, the better for everybody.”

Darren Wilson, Telford College’s Director of Employer Engagement, said: “With the support from McPhillips, we have been able to turn two diverse sites into one purpose-built space, which has transformed the apprenticeship practical applications in civil engineering.

“Coupled with the virtual and augmented reality suite we already have on site, it enables the apprentices to experience the best that Telford has to offer in terms of practical professional development.

“The new space allows us to offer practical activities that better resemble the kind of national road building activities and programmes of civil engineering projects that McPhillips undertake on a much larger scale – and is of huge benefit to students.”

Telford College Principal and Chief Executive Graham Guest added: “Our curriculum is tailored around giving students realistic and relevant employment experience – and this is a perfect example.”

“We have built valuable and thriving partnerships with many of Shropshire’s leading employers, across a wide range of sectors, which is being further cemented by the introduction of business mentors for our seventh form students.”


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