Telford brickmaker donates 12,000 bricks to help train the next generation – FE News

International brick supplier Michelmersh is helping students build careers in the construction industry by donating significant resources to Telford College.

The company, which owns Blockleys former manufacturing site at Trench Lock, manufactures millions of clay bricks and pavers every year to build homes, schools, hospitals and offices for the public and private sectors, both in the UK and overseas.

Michelmersh has donated around 12,000 bricks to Telford College’s Haybridge campus, to help construction students develop their bricklaying skills – part of the company’s ‘Pledge 100’ initiative to support the next generation .

The company says: “Skills shortage is a term that has regularly made headlines in recent years as the construction industry faces a shortage of skilled labor across all sectors and is constantly confronted with initiatives aimed at encouraging young people and those who are retraining. embark on careers within the industry.

“Supporting industry education and training remains a core policy of the Michelmersh Group, which has continued to increase its offering of free products, resources, CPD presentations, factory tours and seminars at various colleges. from the United Kingdom.”

As part of the campaign, the company delivered 24 packs of bricks for use by Telford College students in their studies.

Construction students from the college also had the chance to tour the Michelmersh quarry and premises, see firsthand how bricks are formed from clay from the quarry, before being compressed into brick shapes and heated in ovens ready to be machine packed and banded for delivery.

Gary Pitchford, professor of construction at Telford College, said:

“We’ve been working closely with Michelmersh for some time now, and it’s fantastic to see a great company like this really take care of the next generation.

“Students benefit immensely from this working partnership – not only through the materials that facilitate their studies, but by having the chance to see a wide variety of bricks used in the construction industry.”

Construction Learning Manager Richard Joyce said the donation of resources, along with previous visits to the Michelmersh plant, were of great value to the students and greatly appreciated.

“Our students gained valuable experience and knowledge through these tours of the Michelmersh production facility and quarry.

“It helped them to fully grasp the underlying knowledge for their online exam in the principles of construction and gave them a broader basis to progress through their courses in masonry operations and construction maintenance. “

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