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Saving the world one brick at a time

Tresham College Construction class at Shuttleworth College ZEC

Saving the environment is a very topical issue today and our construction students have had the chance to work on building a conservation centre in the region to help play their part for saving endangered species.

Full-time students from Tresham College construction department have been gaining real life work experience by helping to build the £3.65 Zoological Education Centre at Shuttleworth College, Old Warden.

A group of twenty Level One bricklayers and carpenters worked in relays over ten days to help construct one of the facility blocks on the site.

This activity brought together students from Tresham College’s Corby campus in Northamptonshire to the Shuttleworth countryside campus in Bedfordshire, both part of The Bedford College Group.

Mark Eustace, Project Manager, who is overseeing the build of the zoological centre and the only one of its kind for a FE college in the UK:

This very unusual development gives these students a chance to see the challenges of the modern construction industry for themselves where professionalism as well as top skills are vital.

Recent work has begun elsewhere on the site and the biome which will create a tropical atmosphere and the alligator pool. This is the only one I know of for an FE college. This experience is not the usual housing estate or office block development for students!”

If you would like to know more about the new Zoological Education Centre opening in September 2019 visit which includes details about courses on offer. For more details on Construction courses at Tresham click here.

Tresham College Construction class at Shuttleworth College ZEC
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