Bridges have been built between students and experts after Weston College teamed up with a major builders’ merchants.
Weston College’s Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence (CECE) has joined with Bradfords as part of a package which will see the centre gain competitive rates for building materials and equipment as well as advice, support and training days.
Bradfords, of Winterstoke Road, in Weston-super-Mare, has already supplied the CECE team with around 30 high visibility jackets.
Construction lecturer Shaun Canniford said: “It’s great news to team up with Bradfords. We have been given around £2,000 worth of materials so far and we are set to save around 30 per cent on usual costs.”
Bradfords, which has an annual turnover of £150 million, was established 200 years ago and covers the South West, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Bradfords Weston-based Commercial Manager Ed Finch said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Weston College as we believe the CECE is an excellent facility for learning and developing skills in the construction industry.
“Working closely with the college will allow Bradfords to build relationships with the next generation of tradespeople and help them make the transition when they leave education.”