The Milburn Innovation Park at West Suffolk College is progressing after construction company Terrasite Ltd, part of the Breheny Group, began the development’s groundworks.
The Milburn Innovation Park project will see students build ten training pods as part of their studies. Each will have a different style, from clay lump, lime plastering and flint work to more modern methods of construction such as modular.
It will allow students to work on a live construction site and receive on-site training. They will also train in the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) – filling a void in current provision within the region.
Ralph Daff, managing director at Terrasite said: “The construction skills shortage is concerning to all organisations within the built environment across the UK.
“When we found out about the Milburn Innovation Park, we knew we wanted to get involved and contribute what we could towards the project. It’s a big step for budding construction trainees to enter into employment, particularly a construction site. This project, therefore, helps towards preparing students more for working in a site based environment, which will benefit both employee and employer.”
As well as working on the site, Terrasite also committed to working directly with the students and made a generous donation of PPE worth £500.
Mark Ames, head of construction at West Suffolk College added: “We are over the moon with the generous support we have had from Terrasite and it was brilliant to see them come into work with our students. On top of this they very generously donated us some PPE and signage. A huge thank you to Ralph and Paul from Terrasite.”
The college began the project to tackle the current skills shortage and to bridge the skills gap in the local construction industry. A number of local businesses operating within the built environment are also working with the team in support of the project.
If you and your business are interested in sponsoring one of our pods to contribute to this unique project please contact 01473 684192.