Construction students put their skills to the test
A group of students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment course tested their skills outside of the classroom recently during a residential at the beautiful but remote location of Shining Cliff, in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The group of students were given a series of scenarios, including completing ground level surveys for a fictitious development and profiling terrain to upgrade footways, and two days to complete the challenge. Not only did they put their professional skills to the test, developing competencies, accuracy and problem solving skills in this difficult terrain, they also had the opportunity to experience the more unusual side of working in the construction industry.
Tutor, Ron Middleton told us why the trip was so important;
“We wanted to give the students the opportunity to experience some realistic tasks which they might be expected to do in a working environment but in a more challenging location than here at college. Crawling through bracken to complete a survey and carrying equipment a mile away from the nearest road were some of the issues that they faced. The groups were excellent this year and really organised themselves well to get the job done.”
The 2 day residential also gave the students chance to test their team work and self-sufficiency skills as they lived and cooked together.
Students have commented that this was the highlight of the course for them and really helped them to understand how their skills could be put to the test at work.