Building future careers…
City College Norwich has had a long and successful history in the area of Construction. From supporting the wider community to winning national awards, Construction has always been a popular and rewarding choice.
Currently, we have five different courses ranging from levels 1 to 3. Some of these are also being offered as apprenticeships.
Construction and Building courses include bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical and plumbing. Our students have progressed from these courses into a wide variety of careers including:
- Site managers
- Demolition technicians
- Architects and many more.
Early Construction courses
The first construction courses were hosted at the Norwich Technical Institute back in 1902. This saw courses for Builders’ Work and Architecture made available. During this period, Carpentry and Joinery and Plumbers’ Work were also introduced in the Technological Department, .
These core construction disciplines have been a constant feature of the college’s offer over the years. Additionally, some more specialist courses have come and gone such as; Fancy Box Makers, and Toy Makers which were added in 1921, Town Planning and Gas Utilisation courses were added in 1960.
New Year, New Millennium, New Construction Courses
In 1999 large amounts of money were invested into new facilities at the School of Construction. State of the art, purpose-built workshops for brickwork, carpentry and joinery, boat building, civil engineering and more were created. They were all fitted with a comprehensive range of equipment and allowed a better capacity for many new courses.
In the year 2000, major and exciting changes were made to the construction courses.
These included modifications of the course structure and curriculum, such as revisions of the NVQ standards. It also saw the introduction of an extensive range of NVQ programmes for construction technicians and professionals.
Additionally and perhaps most importantly, the changes gave our construction students a chance to spend time in real work environments. This allowed them to demonstrate that they have the skills to work to industry standards and this practice is still in place today.
Over the years many construction students have entered competitions and a few have even won!
In 1981, our building students won three major national awards. One of these being the Regency Vase, for which 30 other colleges were also competing!
At the time, employment rates for people in construction based jobs was at an all-time low. Winning awards like these was hugely important in helping our skilled students to stand out in a highly competitive jobs market.
In 2005, two CCN Civil Engineering students were awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers Outstanding Achievement Award for the East of England. More recently our student Sam Hill claimed first place in the senior bricklaying competition. He was given just 6 hours to build a complex wall which featured a number of decorative features.
These are only a few of our colleges construction student’s achievements, there are many more, too many to mention!
In addition to the multitude of competitions and awards, the construction students have also found time to help the community in many ways.
In 1993, our students did their bit for conservation and the community by building bird boxes which they gave to the residents of a sheltered housing unit in Norwich. Additionally, our students made a fantastic wooden train for the college nursery which was an overwhelming success with the children who loved it!
Our Student skills helped make the city greener, by making supports for Norwich City Council to plant 300 young trees. The work provided the perfect project for over 30 of our Step Up Construction students to put their skills into practice.
These are just some of the ways that our students have helped the community over the years. We are proud that our student activities they continue to do so to this day.
Girls for Plumbing
In the recent history of construction courses at CCN, our very own Principal, Corrienne Peasgood, has had a major part to play.
Corrienne was first hired as a plumbing lecturer at the college. In 2006 she sought to encourage more female students to sign up to construction courses.
In 2014, Hayley Phenix, 19, set a precedent.
She was undertaking an apprenticeship in her father’s plumbing business and training with City College Norwich. Hayley broke new ground getting to the final of the UK Copper Board National Apprentice Plumber of the Year competition. She was the first ever female to win a regional heat and make it into the national final!
We are proud of the part our College has played in increasing the diversity of those learning construction trades and entering the industry.