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Building brighter futures

Building brighter futures

When it comes to working life on a building site there’s nothing quite like seeing a project through to completion.

From looking at the plans on paper to standing beside a job well done – that’s got to feel good, right?

Well that’s the reality of working life for former Redcar & Cleveland College bricklaying apprentices Brandon Loughran and Jordan Wilcock.

And now, after securing full-time contracts, they are working on their biggest project to date.

Appointed site supervisors, they are helping oversee the transformation of one of Redcar’s former favourite nightclubs.

After years standing empty and derelict, the former Manhattan’s and Reds bar, also known as The Coatham, is being brought back to life with a major overhaul.

Brandon and Jordan can be found in the thick of it, sleeves rolled up and putting plans into action for the development of luxury flats, a café, shops, conference facilities and a gym.

“To see something change from being really run down to something that looks really good, gives you a great sense of pride,” said Brandon, 19.

Both taken on as apprentices with SG Property Renovations, the lads have built up the skills to be able to do just that.

Brandon

Brandon said: “I knew that I liked construction and wanted to start an apprenticeship. I wanted to be hands-on.”

Working with the Redcar-based renovation company, along with support and guidance from his tutor at Redcar & Cleveland College, has given him far more skills than he could ever have imagined.

“We completed a project that involved turning a derelict building into maisonettes,” he said.

Now he is looking forward to seeing similarly exciting results at The Coatham site.

Jordan

Jordan, 22, of Redcar, has developed such an extensive range of skills as an apprentice working on building sites he has plans for his own business.

He said: “I have learnt far more than I thought.” Along with the brickwork, his skills include joinery, plaster boarding and plastering. He is also now a fully qualified fibre glass roofer.

Having worked on a variety of renovation projects, he said tackling the Manhattan’s project is no sweat.

He explained: “Whatever size the project you have to put it into blocks and work on one block at a time, instead of looking at the whole building. It makes it a lot easier.”

Do you want to find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities training with Redcar & Cleveland College visit https://www.cleveland.ac.uk/apprenticeships/ or to find out about the variety of full-time courses including bricklaying and construction or carpentry and joinery, go to: https://www.cleveland.ac.uk/fulltime/

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