Interserve Site Visit Inspires New College Durham Students

As part of the developing relationship, a group of students from the technology department at New College Durham recently visited Interserve’s site at Mount Oswald in Durham to talk to workers and have a tour of the site.

On arrival, David Dixon, the Senior Project Manager, gave the students a talk which included information on the background of Interserve, the routes into construction and how he progressed into his current role.

After the talk, the students were taken on a tour which gave them the chance to experience working life on a live building site. All of the Interserve staff they met were very welcoming and happy to answer any questions.

Ian Gaskill, Head of School for Technology for New College Durham, said: “The site visit was invaluable for the students allowing them to gain experience which they can’t get in workshops and classrooms here at the college.”

The current students also benefited from seeing many former New College Durham students who have now secured employment on the site.

Ian continued: “Seeing the success of others gives current students the motivation and drive to succeed. We look forward to developing our relationship with Interserve and giving another group of students the same opportunity.”

Hamish, Level 3 Construction student, commented: “I really enjoyed the visit at Interserve’s site. This was my first visit onto a live construction site and I found it very interesting. The experience has given me inspiration for the future in the industry.”

Richard Byers, Lecturer in Construction, said: “The site visits so far have been very good – well organised and informative. The students have enjoyed gaining an insight into the brilliant construction and civil engineering industry.”


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