For the past 5 years MGF have delivered a training module on excavation which focuses on temporary works, this has historically been delivered in person at The College of East Anglia, however this year Anglian Water has extended the initiative into three additional colleges from across the region exposing up to 60 students to the module. The excavation module forms part of the Construction – Level 2 (Extended Certificate) qualification and is taken by a wide variety of students looking to begin a career within the construction industry.
As part of a 5-year partnership with Anglian Waters collaborative skills team and The Anglian regional colleges, MGF’s Peter Dunnion and Kevin Hallett were asked to deliver an engaging module specifically on excavation planning and safety. In the past, Peter demonstrated excavation techniques by using 3D printed models and animated media designed and produced in-house, to replicate a range of small and large excavation projects.
Following on from the national lockdown measures and temporary closures of educational facilities, the partnership felt it was important to continue with their educational programme virtually. MGF hosted a virtual two-hour session delivering both classroom and demonstration sessions which was attend by 60 students.
Emily Law, a representative of Anglian Water @One Alliance shared:
‘Peter Dunnion and Kevin Hallett at MGF delivered two brilliant sessions on Temporary Works. They were able to transition a traditionally practical session across to virtual delivery smoothly, ensuring the session was visual and interactive. They conveyed technical and safety critical information, in an accessible and engaging way. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, and we have no doubt MGF’s input will enable them to approach their work with better knowledge and attentiveness to safety.’
Level 2 study is delivered by college tutors and industry specialists to provide the very best learning mix. Students who successfully complete the Construction – Level 2 (Extended Certificate) course at the College of West Anglia are guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship role. The rare opportunity is available with Anglian Water Alliances, or one their trusted partners, including Kier, Barhale, Skanska and others.
Dependent on a successful interview and once qualified, apprentices could enjoy a range of excellent company benefits whilst gaining quality experience within the construction industry.
MGF are proud to have been a part of such a valuable teaching opportunity with Anglian Water Alliances and reaching out to students from the following regional colleges; College of West Anglia; West Suffolk College, Grimsby Institute and Milton Keynes College.
We wish the students all the best in their future careers!