Morgan Sindall Construction is building on its partnership with Redbridge Community School and Construction Academy to encourage more students into construction careers
The partnership was initially agreed in 2021 as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to address the construction skills shortage and the city’s Southampton Pound initiative, which is intended to promote social value and community wealth building.
The five students, who have just completed their Construction and Built Environment City & Guilds Certificate, will receive individual mentoring, coaching and financial support throughout their time at college, as well as work experience and site visits leading to full-time employment with local construction companies.
The sponsorship will see three of the five students complete a Level 3 Construction and Built Environment course at Eastleigh College, while the other two students will undergo a Level 3 qualification in Carpentry at City College.
Clifford Kinch, area director of Morgan Sindall Construction, said: "At Morgan Sindall, our work in developing the next generation of talent is every bit as important to us as the buildings we deliver, so this partnership means a lot to us.
“It’s been a joy to watch the students at Redbridge Community School and Construction Academy develop their skills since our partnership began, and we’re delighted to have extended our relationship by sponsoring five further students. We look forward to providing support during these key early stages of their careers and will do all we can to help them reach their potential.”
Chris Green, head of construction/lead practitioner, Redbridge Community School, added: "Morgan Sindall’s investment in our community is heartfelt and of benefit to the construction industry as much as the students themselves. With skills shortages across the sector, the great news is that our schools are full of talented, committed, respectful and reliable students who are passionate about construction.
“The Morgan Sindall approach embodies what education is all about – crafting the best from our young and providing a pathway to exciting and rewarding careers. Morgan Sindall challenges students’ perceptions and inspires them to think and behave beyond their comfort zones."