Jewson has donated materials to help Blackpool & The Fylde College.

Jewson aids college in building up Blackpool

Published:  29 April, 2014

Jewson has recently donated £1,000 worth of groundwork materials to Blackpool & The Fylde College in Lancashire, as part of the college’s Build Up initiative.

Build Up was formed in 2008 with the aim of training unemployed adults to undertake construction work. Since it began, it has helped almost 3,500 people to find employment, playing a vital role in addressing the skills shortage and supporting the local community.

When main contractor Forrest was made aware that the college was in desperate need of materials for practical training, the team put Build Up in touch with Jewson. The materials Jewson donated included transition and drop kerbing, quadrants, and paving for assembling road traffic islands.

“We are so grateful to Jewson for donating these materials,” said Roberta Austin, Build Up’s centre manager. “Our students have already made use of them during practical sessions. These skills are in demand locally, so this is actually helping people to go out and find work in the construction trade.”

Paul Murray, sales manager at Jewson, said: “Encouraging people of any age into the construction industry is something we have long championed at Jewson. The students need hands-on and practical experience, so we were delighted to donate the materials required. It means the traffic islands can be constructed and then disassembled time and time again.”

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