Lucky Six Start Work Placement With Morrison plc

Six students from East Durham College’s new Technical Academy started on their work placement with repairs and maintenance service providers Morrison, in Peterlee, earlier this week.

The students, who are all aged 17 to 19 and on the final year of their NVQ Level 2 in Gas Installation and Maintenance, will spend the next six weeks putting the skills they have learnt at the Academy into practice on real jobs.

The students will also undertake stringent Health & Safety training with Morrison including areas such as working at heights, COSHH (The control of substances hazardous to health) and asbestos identification.

Student Jordan Common, aged 19 and from Seaham, said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be great to work for Morrison and hopefully improve my skills.”

Barbara Archer, Business Manager at The Technical Academy, added: “We are  thrilled to be working with Morrison for the first time and hope this will develop into a really successful long term relationship between our organisations, helping to benefit even more of our students in the future.

“We are working with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Morrison, which is great for the aspirations of our students.”

The new placements were arranged with Martin Donnelly, HR Business Partner at Morrison, who explained: “The students will get to work alongside our Gas Services team, working in a number of domestic home settings. They will train in a range of installation and maintenance tasks such as inspecting, servicing, repairing or fitting new boilers and domestic heating systems.

“We are delighted to be able to help these local lads. The placement will help them to gather important evidence for their NVQ portfolios, gain key skills and enhance their CVs - hopefully giving the best chance of a job after they qualify.”

Neil Dixon, Partnering Director for Morrison North East, said: “Morrison is committed to creating local employment opportunities and our relationship with East Durham College and its new Technical Academy offers us a great platform for achieving this aim. The training of new tradespeople is vital to the continued success of the repairs and maintenance sector and we strongly believe employers must recognise that they have a key role to play in ensuring young trainees have the skills we need for the future.”

The Technical Academy which will be officially opened this Thursday by The Rt Hon John Denham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, is located on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.

The Academy provides training in a range of construction trades including; Gas & Electrical Installation & Maintenance, Plastering and Wall & Floor Tiling.

For more details on The Technical Academy please visit www.thetechnicalacademy.co.uk or call 0191 518 5577.