Construction students’ Jewson Live trip!

Published: January 17, 2019

On 13th December 2018, 58 of our students from the construction department visited the NEC in Birmingham for Jewson Live 2018 – the UK’s biggest builder’s merchant show.

The students travelled there by coach, which was very kindly supplied by Jewson themselves, as was dinner.  Once the students arrived at the show, everyone was given a welcome bag which consisted of lots of goodies worth up to £30!

Student Kieran Bromwich is studying with us to gain his level 1 in construction skills and said, “This is the first time I’ve been to anything like this and I really enjoyed going around all the different stalls.  All the freebies are fantastic and I will use all of them as I do lots of jobs at home.”

Once inside the hall, the students visited various stalls that showcased new, innovative systems for all kinds of building works within the construction industry.  There were even some special guests at the show, including sports personalities Chris Kamara, Paul Merson, Alan Brazil and Ian Abrahams.

Construction tutor Richard Joyce said of the day, “‘This trip was organised by the construction department for our students, so that they could experience and see all the new innovative building systems that are being used today to build, re-develop and maintain all different types of builds in industry.”

Daniel Anderson, a level 2 construction student added, ‘I really enjoyed going on this trip and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.  I really enjoyed looking at all the different types of construction companies on the stalls and the information that they gave me will help me on my level 2 construction course.  All the free gifts that I’ve got are really good and I will use them in the future.”

Richard continued, “Our students really benefited from talking to all the different types of suppliers in relation to all the courses that we run at here at Telford College.  The information from all of the suppliers and companies at the event will enhance their own understanding required for the theoretical knowledge within the course, especially on sustainability materials.  The impact for the students attending this type of trip will be that they’ve gained some valuable contacts with employers and information in relation to apprenticeships and what employers are looking for the future generation of our workforce.”

For further information on our construction based courses check out our full time courses here, come in and speak to the tutors and current students at our open day on 23rd January or try out the class for yourself at our twilight tasters 28 – 31 January.