Plumbing students experienced what it’s like to work on an industrial scale when they were given a tour of a major construction site in Hackney.
The group from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) was shown around the Tiger Way development by subcontractor Kane Group Building Services.
The Hackney Council project being led by construction firm McLaren comprises a primary school with two 14 and 11-storey residential towers combining a total of 89 apartments to be used as social housing.
Representatives from Kane Group Building Services, which is the mechanical and electrical subcontractor for the development, explained to the students how it was installing boilers, pipework and other plumbing works on the site as well as giving them a talk on health and safety.
Student plumbers Geoffrey Forde, Darren Thomas and Scott Munro, who are all studying for Plumbing Diploma Level 2, were extremely impressed with what they had seen and heard on the visit.
Geoffrey, 44, said: “The site visit to Hackney was very beneficial and gave me a good understanding on what happens on an actual site, and was really useful in helping me to prepare for my career.”
Darren, 35, said: “I have family in the trade already. Today has been inspirational for me towards working in my future career.
Scott Munro, 32, added: “My training at CONEL has been fantastic. My teacher has supported me in and out of college. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Kane Group Building Services has been established for more than 40 years and specialises in mechanical and electrical systems as well as design and facilities management.
Paul Oatham, Curriculum Manager for Plumbing and Electrical Installation, said: “The students got to experience so much when attending the site, which brought together everything we have taught them this year.
“They couldn’t stop talking about the visit, reciting what they had seen, what had been learned and more importantly what they now need to do to be successful in their construction careers.
“We are hoping to continue this relationship with Kane into next year. The benefit of their knowledge and permitting our students to see real world situations is immeasurable.”
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