Work is continuing to progress on East Kent College’s new ‘construction block’. Based in Folkestone, Kent, this new state of the art facility will provide students with a “fit for purpose” learning environment to encourage them to get into construction.
This new extension will help those wanting to learn up to Level 3, and the exciting range of course includes carpentry and joinery, bench joinery and wood machining, bricklaying, plastering, site carpentry and painting and decorating.Once qualified, you could earn £200 per day in construction trades, so we are urging students to join our growing industry.What’s Been Going On?
Foundation works are underway
Concrete slabs have now been removed and the new ones laid
The site has been levelled
Completed the reduced dig
Isolated the water pipes
Isolated gas pipes to the Excel building in the college and bricklaying department
A piling mat has been laid, which is a layer of stone to support the machinery we use on site
We set out 61 pile holes (600 diameter and 10 metres into the ground), which have now been bored in.
Concrete has been laid within the piles. 100 tons of sand were removed to compensate this, and will be used again on site at a later date.Congratulations to East Kent College
A huge well done to EKC, who recently received five ‘outstanding’ Ofsted gradings.
“We’re delighted to announce that our college recently received five ‘outstanding’ grading from the nine Ofsted gives out. Overall we were rated ‘Good’ for our provision, which is delivering the skills which our local communities need. In Folkestone the campus has seen real progression since it joined East Kent College, with significant successes. The expansion of our construction area represents the growth we’ve seen across the whole campus, and will enable us to continue developing the students, communities and businesses we serve.”
Graham Razey, Principal
Cllr David Monk, Leader of Shepway District Council adds: “A few years ago we helped avert the threat of closure of Folkestone’s further education campus for our local students, so I am obviously delighted that Ofsted recognises the great improvement in standards achieved by East Kent College.” Educating The Future Of Construction
With a huge shortage of young people coming into the construction industry, we at Rap are offering work experience to EKC students. Every week a new student works on the site with our team to gain the experience they need to progress, and we are pleased to say we’ve had fantastic feedback so far.
Job skills which students have learned include:
Assisted the ground workers
General site duties
To show our ongoing support to the college, we attended a careers fair at the Folkestone campus recently, where we spoke to students about the different jobs in our industry. We also spoke about what life is like working for an interior fit out company, and the work experience opportunities we offer. As a company, we think it’s important to spread the word about the benefits of working in construction to encourage young people to get involved.f you would like us to visit your school and talk about more the careers in construction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or read our blog here.
Apart from the students of the college, it’s important to keep the local residents of Folkestone in the know of what has been happening on site. We have been producing monthly newsletters which go out by hand and can also be found on the college’s notice boards.
Here are a few things we do have planned which may be of interest to you:
Time capsule – we are looking at working with local schools to produce a time capsule to be buried on site.
Site Visits and open day – We are always open for residents to come and visit the site and learn more about our industry. Of course full Personal Protection Equipment will be provided and will be escorted around by our site manager Simon.
Talk with the Trade – learn about in more detail what each trade is doing on site and how you could learn how to be part of that industry, open for students and residents. Dates and times still to be confirmed.
All of this information is to be confirmed and you can contact us for more details. Alternatively, keep an eye on our blogs and social media channels for more updates.If You Need Us
If you require any information on the project, or want to find out more – please do not hesitate to contact us
Rap Interiors Head Office — Rick Anderson 01622 663232
Rap Folkestone Site Office — Simon Butcher 07976 008721Thinking about updating your college or school interiors? Rap Interiors are an award winning office and school interior design Company with over 25 years of experience.
Call 0333 600 1234, or contact email@example.com