Tiny tots at Northampton College’s own nursery were given an exclusive look at how work is progressing on a new £4.75million building at Booth Lane.
The children, aged between two and four, were treated to a visit from construction staff working for the project’s main contractor Kier – who gave them an insight into how the new Advanced Construction and Engineering Centre is being constructed ahead of its launch next year.
Kier Contracts Manager Paul Nelson spent time reading a construction-based story to the youngsters and explained the equipment being used on the project. The children were then taken to a safe vantage point overlooking the site to see the construction activities and workers in action.
Nursery supervisor Jackie Ross said: “It was lovely for the children to find out more about the building they see on their way into nursery every day. We can see the cranes and the diggers from our window and now have a better understanding of what is happening.”
The ACE Centre will help train the next generation of builders, plumbers and decorators and teach pioneering new techniques aimed at equipping the workforce of the future with the very latest skills.
Alongside courses which focus on craft skills there will also be courses at Level 3 for those looking for supervisory, technician or management careers in the sector, such as in Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering, or Project Management.
Building work on the centre, which will include a revolutionary ‘Digital Lab’ featuring a Virtual Reality classroom, 3D printing facilities and industry-standard workshop equipment, will progress throughout the winter and it is due to open in September 2019, providing a pipeline of ‘work-ready’ staff for local employers.
Paul Nelson from Kier said: “This project provides a key opportunity to help nurture and develop talent in the younger generation where we currently see an industry-wide skills gap. The ACE Centre will provide essential training to enhance the future for the construction industry, producing much-needed skilled trades operatives in a location where they are currently in high demand.”
A former Northampton College student has been shortlisted for a ‘Male Role Model’ award for his work mentoring, guiding and inspiring young people.
Andrew Little, aged 65, was a finalist in the Male Role Model of the Year awards having been nominated by his daughter, Gina Brett.
A late learner, Andrew recently passed his maths and English GCSEs having spent three years studying at Booth Lane. He now works as a mentor to current students.
Gina said: “My dad has inspired other students to overcome diversity and encouraging them all the way, even going as far as buying each of them a dictionary at Christmas. He now volunteers two days a week at the college, mentoring and supporting individuals and groups, helping and supporting them in their studies.
“One student saw him in passing recently and said to my dad that if it wasn’t for him he would have quit college by now. We are so grateful to him and very proud of what he is doing.”
Mr Little was narrowly beaten to the title by Robert Allen for his work in the community, setting up community football club Sands United. The club brings together dads that have lost babies at birth or through miscarriage and has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
This is the first year of the Male Role Model of the Year Awards which aim to recognise the important contributions local men and boys make in their community, families, schools and workplace.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are pleased to have received so many nominations for the Male Role Model of the Year Awards, during its first year.
“I want to thank the judging panel for assisting me with the difficult task of shortlisting the nominations. All the nominees were extremely deserving.”
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