Students get on-site at Harlow Timber Merchants

The Carpentry department at Burton and South Derbyshire College is currently embarking on a DIY SOS style transformation at Harlow Timber Merchants in Hawkins Lane, Burton on Trent.

A team of 21 Burton and South Derbyshire College carpentry students and three lecturers have been working on-site alongside staff at Harlow, setting the scene for the company’s forthcoming display buildings.

Students have been using their site carpentry skills to create the decking, a link bridge and steps at the front of the Harlow showroom in Burton, which provides a wide selection of timber and timber related products for DIY and trade customers.

Their work will form a basis for the company’s sales display buildings to promote their range of garden sheds in time for the DIY rush in the Easter holidays, where increased numbers of people are often inspired to make home improvements.

The team of students have impressed Harlow with their hard work and resilience to get the job done, including Level 2 student, Jacob Tyers, who has now been offered a part time job with the company alongside his studies, and an additional job at Melton Interiors.

Jacob said: “Our tutor let us know about the job opportunities, so I got in touch with the companies directly. I enjoy both jobs as they’re hands-on and linked to what I want to do as a career. I plan to work in bespoke carpentry for kitchens in the future. If you find out about a job opportunity, you shouldn’t hesitate to approach the company as I think this makes a good impression.”

Jane Harris, Assistant Manager at Harlow said: “The students have done a really good job. They have come on-site and have done so much in such a short space of time. We have also been able to show the students what we do and give them an insight into the industry. It gets them out into the real world and will give them valuable work experience for their future careers. We were delighted to offer Jacob a part time position with us; he is a hard grafter and a great addition to the team. ”

Ian Vanes-Jones, Carpentry Lecturer at BSDC added: “Our students have been doing a fantastic job on-site at Harlow, just one of a series of projects we are working on with real employers. Work placements like this give students the opportunity to experience working in outdoor construction, dealing with all weathers and gaining additional skills such as team work, communication and on-site health and safety. The project has gained a lot of support from customers and passers-by, and has been great for the community.”

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