From education to employment


COLLEGE students are gaining real-life experience in renovating properties as they prepare for trades careers thanks to a new partnership.
Social housing provider Acis has teamed up with the Construction Career College in Gainsborough to give hands-on opportunities to the future generation of tradespeople.
Students from the College, which is part of the Lincoln College Group, are being given the chance to renovate and refurbish some of Acis’ empty properties so they can be re-let to people in the area.
The project, funded by The Teach Too project, funded by the Education and Training Foundation and managed by the Association of Colleges in partnership with emfec, sees groups of around 20 students work alongside tradespeople from Acis company Prime, giving them practical, real-life skills as they train for their qualifications.
The first renovation was completed in May, with students fitting a new kitchen, refurbishing a bathroom, and undertaking plastering and decorating in a flat in one of Acis’ sheltered accommodation schemes in Gainsborough. Participating students were presented with a certificate and Screwfix vouchers by Acis Chief Executive Greg Bacon at a small ceremony following the work.
Work on a further two properties is planned before the summer, including a major redevelopment to turn a three-bedroom property into a more spacious two-bedroom property.
Jill Dickson, Volunteer and Employability Coordinator, said: “This project is all about giving young people direct experience of today’s industry so they’re ready to hit the ground running when they qualify and enter the workplace. We’re committed to developing the next generation of multi-skilled tradespeople.”
Rick Long, Head of Career Colleges at Lincoln College, said “This is a perfect example of real collaboration between employer and educator, both investing to create inspiring opportunities for young people.”
Kieran Cowan, one of the College students to participate, said: “It has been a privilege to be part of this project, I have gained valuable on-site experience.”
Gainsborough College’s Construction Career College is currently recruiting for its September 2017 intake. Apply now for training that will lead to lucrative, secure careers in the construction industry.
About Acis Group: Acis provides affordable housing across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.
  • Acis Group is a dynamic and forward-thinking registered provider of affordable housing. Our vision is to create opportunities for people to have better lives through the provision of better homes and better services.
  • We provide over 6,800 affordable homes across eleven local authority areas in Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
  • Our homes are located in towns, cities and rural villages. They include high quality homes for affordable rent, low-cost home ownership schemes and sheltered accommodation

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