Articles from Leeds College of Building

Construction College Celebrates 30% Rise in Female Technicians #BalanceforBetter

A Leeds college is celebrating its latest figures indicating a boost in women moving into some fields of construction.

UK’s First Ever College ‘Academic Partnership’ Announced for #NationalApprenticeshipWeek

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (4 – 8 March), an international engineering association announced it is forming the first ever academic partnership agreement with a further education college in the UK.The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which has 92,000 members globally, attended the Hunslet Campus of Leeds College of Building yesterday (Tuesday 5 March) to launch the partnership. The agreement, usually reserved for higher education institutions, is designed to advance the capabilities of the next generation of engineers.Until now, ICE academic partnerships have allowed undergraduate and postgraduate students, both on-campus and globally, to complete part of their professional engineering training while studying at university. Now, students at a further-education level will be able to access the same pathway to attaining a professional qualification and have the opportunity for broader connections with employers.During the launch event, five ICE ‘QUEST Technician Scholarships’ were awarded to top Apprentices at Leeds College of Building (Ruth Watson, William Rose, Tim O’Connor, Joshua Clarke, and Chris Meredith) and one toa student from Leeds Beckett University (Amy Farrell).These highly sought-after and well-respected Quest Scholarshipsare considered in industry to be a benchmark of excellenceand are only awarded to candidates who display exceptional abilities and potential.  Penny Marshall, Regional Director for ICE Yorkshire and Humber, said: “This exciting new agreement opens up opportunities for students to engage directly with industry. QUEST Scholarships are a sign of true excellence. Winners need to be both good leaders and team players; with ambition, determination and the ability to act and think independently. The 2019 scholars are all very talented and deserving winners. Their enthusiasm, determination and dedication clearly impressed the panel of judges. There’s no doubt they all have promisingcareers ahead of them.”Vicky Patterson, Curriculum Manager for Technical and Professional Apprenticeships at Leeds College of Building, said:“Since being named as BTEC Apprenticeship Provider of the Year in 2018, Leeds College of Building has solidified its position as a leader in the sector. Now, getting chosen by ICE for the first ever UK college academic partnership agreement, we are in a better position than ever to go above and beyond our normal duties to enhance the Apprentice’s experiences and ensure that we produce the most creative and brilliant young Technicians and Engineers of the future.”

UK’s ‘Top Provider’ Set for National Apprenticeship Week #NAW19

As National Apprenticeship Week 2019 fast approaches (4-8 March), Leeds College of Building is getting ready to showcase why it is a leader in the field of vocational training.

Former Big Issue North Vendor Inspires College Students

Students at Leeds College of Building are being motivated this new year after spending time alongside a former Big Issue North seller, Alex Old.Alex was accepted on to a Painting & Decorating course at Leeds College of Building and is now inspiring others to turn their lives around following his own time on the streets.Several years ago, Alex was begging and struggling with alcohol dependency. Now, thanks to his own perseverance and determination, Alex has transformed his life and is well on his way to becoming a qualified painter and decorator.Alex said: “Growing up, I couldn’t fit in with anything. I found out I was dyslexic when I was a teenager and, hand-in-hand with that, a big bottle of alcohol came […] And then the death of my grandparents, the split-up of a relationship – it all just came crashing down. […] It all became about alcohol.”One day, everything changed. Alex said: “I was caught on the streets begging, and I thought, right, this is the moment that I can make a change. I started selling the Big Issue magazine, and then, half past seven every morning – boom! I was out of the house. That helped me to stay sober. The changes I have made have been ground-breaking. I’m feeling so much happier and have so much confidence. Honestly, I’m unrecognisable from a few years ago!”Alex became a Big Issue North vendor and received support from their Leeds office to help make a positive change to his life. As well as providing day-to-day support, service coordinators meet with each active vendor twice a year to do a more formal review of the help they need. Alex spent time volunteering at Hollybush, his local conservation centre. Following this, the Big Issue North manager and service coordinators supported Alex to apply to Leeds College of Building and, after assisting him with paperwork and interview revision, Alex was accepted at College.Anna Manetta-Stark, Fundraising & Communications at Big Issue North, said:“While we’d love to take praise for supporting Alex, he really has taken it upon himself to change his life for the better. He is a determined and driven individual, and we are so unbelievably proud of his progress, supported by the fantastic teaching ethos at Leeds College of Building.”Martin Parr, Leeds College of Building Painting & Decorating Lecturer, said:“Alex arrived in College to complete a six-week award, progressing to a Level 1 Diploma. With the help of his good friend, Dean (who took him under his wing) and support from College tutors, Alex turned things around. Alex became more focused at College and his decorating skills vastly improved. He was even awarded student of the term. Alexis now halfway through his Level 2 Diploma and is on course to complete. Well done Alex and Dean!”The flexible nature of selling the magazine meant that Alex was able to attend classes while still having the opportunity to earn a legitimate income in his own time – alongside his trusty canine companion, Muttley! From his vendor work, Alex has even had offers of paid employment from his previous customers.If you would like to support vendors like Alex to move on in their lives, please consider making a donation.

Building College Celebrates Top Roofing Awards #SkillsLIVE

Apprentices from Leeds College of Building have been doing Yorkshire proud after bringing home top international roofing awards.

Student Success Celebrated at Glittering Town Hall Award Ceremony

A host of achievements were celebrated last night (11 October) at the annual Leeds College of Building Awards Night. 

Roofing Students Return from Vocational Trip of a Lifetime

Two Leeds College of Building apprentices have just returned from the trip of a lifetime after winning a competition to go on an all-expenses-paid journey to northern Spain for three days.

New National Painting & Decorating Academy Launched in Leeds

Painters and decorators of tomorrow are set to benefit from a brand-new trade academy just launched at Leeds College of Building. 

Leeds College of Building Students Finalists in WorldSkills UK Competitions

Leeds College of Building is celebrating after the selection of six students for the national final of this year’s WorldSkills UK Competitions.

Leeds College of Building Shows ‘Pride in Construction’

Leeds College of Building is, for the first time ever, taking part in Leeds Pride on Sunday (5th August 2018). Leeds Pride is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans life.


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