Education, education, education…

Industry meets with South and City College Birmingham’s Bordesley Campus.

NFDC1 (1)The scene was set when past Vice President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, Patrick Williamson, met with Steve Dourass, Business and Community Manager at the College a few weeks ago at a Networking event, and those initial discussions highlighted the critical need for training in the demolition industry and a conference to bring things together was arranged.

Representatives of the NFDC, NDTG and IDE were joined by other senior officials of the organisation, along with major contractors from the industry to discuss with South and City College the chance to train and upskill their workforce.

“It was a real pleasure to host this ground breaking Demolition Forum at our Construction Centre, and it was really refreshing to see so many Senior Managers from this highly specialised provision who are completely committed to training and upskilling their workforce,” says director of Construction at the College, Bob Howlett.

The discussions on the need to provide a pre-start programme for entrants into the industry were really informative and South and City College are now looking forward to working with the ‘steering group’ to drive forward the groups obvious passion for training in the industry.

“As a leading Construction college in the Midlands, the vision is most certainly to become the Premier college for the ‘reverse engineering’ of buildings at the end of their useful life, and of course to create the future demolition workers of our region,” Howlett added.

The Demolition Forum was a great success and meetings are already in place to take ideas forward and help discover the right candidates for jobs with Demolition Contractors across our Region. Pre-employment and/or Traineeship Programme’s for the unemployed and other young people are high on the future agenda creating a significant opening for those wanting to enter the world of demolition.

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