They are the future stars of industry in the south and last month they joined forces to learn more about life in the workplace.
Hundreds of students across marine, construction and electrical courses took part in City College Southampton’s industry week, which saw them work on hands-on and competitive activities to prepare them to go directly into work.
One of the most competitive activities of the week was the toughly-fought wall competition – in which bricklayers, carpenters and painters and decorators worked in teams to construct part of a bathroom.
The competition was judged by Leadbitter, which has been heavily involved in the week and supporting students with advice.
Andrew Kaye, director of studies for engineering and construction, said: “This week has been a great success and students really have honed those extra skills that are so vital in securing a job once they leave college.
“While learning practical skills, gaining technical knowledge and securing qualifications are a vital part of what we do at City College, we also place a lot of emphasis on helping students boost their employability skills and stand out from the crowd in the competitive jobs market.”