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Wakefield College staff and students joined bosses from Keepmoat to celebrate the first turf being cut at the new Aurora development

Staff and work placement students from Wakefield College joined bosses from housebuilder Keepmoat Homes in Castleford recently for a turf-cutting ceremony at the £22million Flass Lane development.

The Aurora development, located on the edge of Castleford, will see 157 two and three-bedroom homes built aimed specifically at first-time buyers. Work on the project started earlier this year and saw construction students Ellis Hutchinson and Jay Thackray spending two weeks on work placement with the company.

Sarah Hopkinson, Community Engagement and Investment Co-ordinator at Keepmoat Homes, said: ”We were delighted to have students and staff from Wakefield College at the turf-cutting ceremony at our Aurora development at Castleford. We at Keepmoat are very pleased with the relationship we already have and are excited about developing it further in the coming months.”

Head of Construction at Wakefield College, Suzanne Black, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Keepmoat Homes on a number of exciting initiatives including the amazing new Flass Lane Development. Real life projects such as these offer our learners a unique insight into industry and prepare them for their future career by giving them first-hand on-site experience to complement the classroom-based theory.”

The turf-cutting ceremony further strengthened the partnership between the College and Keepmoat Homes and will see students benefit from work placements and apprenticeship opportunities.

The new partnership follows hot on the heels of work the College’s newly formed Work Placement team is undertaking.  The team has recently developed partnerships with the likes of Taylor Wimpey, ENGIE and Wilmott Dixon. Such has been the success of the work placement scheme that house builder Taylor Wimpey has offered one College student a sponsored degree position whilst energy services company Engie has agreed to offer 100 college students a placement from September with the potential of converting some of these into full apprenticeships.

The College is home to more than 3400 full-time learners all looking to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education. Local businesses interested in getting involved with offering placements can contact the Wakefield College Work Placement team on 01924 789416.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 13 July, 2017

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