Construction students lay foundations for success

Joshua Henry - construction student

A group of Kensington and Chelsea College construction students were enjoying the fruits of their labour having impressed tutors and potential employers with their commitment to learning.

Several construction based businesses were recently invited to meet and view the work of students on the ‘Hard Hats’ and ‘Rebuild’ programme based at the colleges Construction Centre, in School Road, North Acton.

Having impressed their guests 6 students have now been lined up for job interviews at high-profile organisations including Victoria Partnership Limited – the strategic body helping shape the regeneration of Victoria in London and Blue Sky Development.

Leroy Joesph, Workplace Coordinator Manager for Victoria Partnership Limited, said: ‘There was an amazing turn out of students, all eager to meet with the employers attending. I could see a lot of willingness and passion to succeed in their eyes. For me that was the driving force behind my desire to give students an opportunity that could lead to employment.’

There was more success to follow as students from the ‘Rebuild’ and ‘Hard Hats’ courses were awarded certificates in recognition of their 100% attendance, time keeping and course achievements.

Aaron Keen, from Wembley, was presented with an award for his commitment to the course and for being an outstanding student. The 16-year-old said: ‘Doing the course has helped me turn my life around. It has given me the drive and confidence to fulfil my ambition to become a mechanic. I’ve already managed to get a part-time job at a garage thanks to the skills and qualifications I’ve gained at the college.’

The evening awards ceremony took place at the Construction centre on Wednesday February 23 in front of proud parents and tutors.

Jozell Vernal, Outreach and Engagement Manager at Kensington and Chelsea College said: ‘These successes are down to the hard work of both students and staff alike. There is a great motivation to succeed among the students. The recognition they received on the night was well deserved. Aaron in particular has been an outstanding student and a role model for his peers.’

Joshua Henry - construction student