Visits to the Morello development are helping equip learners from Croydon College with the tools to take on construction roles.
The BTEC Level Three Construction and the Built Environment course is designed to teach and develop, the basics to learners to enable them to ultimately become the construction professionals of the future.
A group of 12 learners from the course visited the nearby Menta Redrow development on Cherry Orchard Road to learn about the processes used on site for health and safety, design procedures, works programming and to see the construction practices and methods being carried out on site.
BTEC Level Three construction lecturer Gil Greiner said:
“Site visits like this are a great way of widening the learning experience, it gives a chance for inexperienced students, to see the most up to date practices and procedures. The learners could clearly identify various practices being carried out effectively on site and were able to ask questions for further classification, from the Menta Redrow team. By taking the time to show the learners this prestigious project, they’ve helped to show ways that it can benefit the wider community of Croydon.”
Following a site induction lead by senior site manager Vixit Ray, the learners were given an introduction to the Morello project in the site office and looked at the plans for the development before touring the site.
Morello is a joint initiative between Redrow and regeneration specialists Menta, operating under the banner of Menta Redrow.
The apartment scheme, adjacent to East Croydon Station, forms part of a wider £3 billion regeneration scheme to revitalise the borough of Croydon.
One of the UK’s leading housebuilders, Redrow directly employs around 1,750 people, of which around 15 per cent are apprentices, trainees and graduates. In addition the company provides employment for thousands of subcontractors on over 120 sites
David Palmieri, from Redrow Homes, said:
“Croydon College is within walking distance of our Morello development and so we were happy to invite our near neighbours to see first-hand the work being carried out on site. Hopefully visits like this will help the learners build on their knowledge and go on to have successful careers in the construction industry.”