18.06.2018

Building a career, brick by brick

Dale Hibbert joined NWCH Framework partner, Seddon, aged 23 in 2014 to start an NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship in bricklaying. Three years on and Dale is now a fully qualified bricklayer, having completed his NVQ Level 3 and been awarded Seddon’s Apprentice of the Year for 2017.

During his time as an apprentice, Dale had the chance to work on the Cavendish Halls refurbishment at Manchester Metropolitan University where Seddon was appointed to renovate the existing student accommodation to create updated, modern space for the 2017 academic year.

Over two summers, 205 student bedrooms and the shared social areas were remodelled to give students a better environment to study, relax and socialise in.

Dale’s role on the project was focused on rebuilding the bathroom walls. Having previously worked primarily on smaller-scale house-building jobs, Cavendish Hall gave him a great opportunity to hone his bricklaying skills on a larger, high rise project.

He said: “I spent over a month working on Cavendish Hall and it was a great chance for me to gain experience on a larger, multi-storey project where there was lots of activity on site. Refurbishment works were taking place across four different floors with multiple trades on site and it was fantastic to be part of a job on this scale.”

A total of 488 apprentice training weeks and three work placement weeks were delivered on the project.

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Joshua is currently completing his HND in Construction Management with Seddon. His main project since joining was The Lakes College National College for Nuclear in Workington, where he worked as assistant site manager until completion in November 2017.

Day to day, he looked after the management of operations on site, ensured health and safety standards were adhered to and was responsible for overseeing pupils on work experience.

This role on site alongside the content on his course at Salford City College, have given him a strong foundation for a successful career in the industry: “It was very exciting to be involved in a project like the National College for Nuclear, where there are so many important companies and institutions involved, such as EDF Energy and The University of Bristol for example. The facility is going to be central to the nuclear industry in the UK and to be able to say that I’ve worked on it so early on in my career is a real honour.”

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