Construction boom builds excitement among students

Published on 15/07/2020 by DTHACK

Blackpool and The Fylde College has preempted the government’s commitment to new building projects worth hundreds of billions of pounds with a sizeable investment of its own into its construction T Level and specialist skills centre for the trades.

Blackpool and The Fylde College has preempted the government’s commitment to new building projects worth hundreds of billions of pounds with a sizeable investment of its own into its construction T Level and specialist skills centre for the trades.

Almost a million pounds has been invested in state-of-the-art construction facilities at the college’s Bispham Campus on Ashfield Road.

And students signing up for the Construction T Level – B&FC is among the country’s first colleges offering this qualification starting September - are expected to be front of the queue for lucrative building sector roles

To help the country bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently pledged a £250 billion cash injection into a series of major construction projects. 

And now billions more have been promised to build new schools, hospitals, prisons and revitalise the road network. 

To help address a surge in demand for construction workers, B&FC has spent half a million pounds on its Construction Skills Centre and almost £250,000 on a raft of specialist equipment, from woodworking machinery to power tools.

Carl Shaw, B&FC’s Head of Construction, said: “We’ve got a long history of providing the sector with highly skilled workers. This is prime time for construction and we’re excited to be welcoming lots more students starting September and getting set for rewarding careers in this fast-moving industry.”

B&FC also offers degree-level construction courses at its University Centre on Park Road in Blackpool town centre.