Education Partnership with Garenne Construction Group

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Highlands College is delighted to announce their education partnership with the Garenne Construction Group, in order to build and nurture the relationship with the College and the construction industry.

The Highlands College department of Construction and Engineering currently caters for 57 full time and 283 part-time students covering building trades and services, automotive, mechanical welding, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting & decorating and brickwork along with a further 38 students undertaking a HNC Diploma or BSc (Hons) course with University College Jersey (UCJ).

The partnership will enable funding for a number of initiatives, the first being an educational visit for UCJ Construction Students to the UK. The trip for Degree Students, who are completing their first year of their BSc (Hons) in Construction Management or the Architectural Technology, included a visit to the iconic Battersea Power Station redevelopment along with a visit to London South Bank University, who support the UCJ construction courses.

The trip to the £1b Battersea Power Station Phase 3a site was arranged through the Garenne partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine and offered students an opportunity to see a large scale project not normally encountered by Jersey students. They had the opportunity to meet the Project Director and Managers to hear about the challenges faced on the site that will eventually comprise of hundreds of apartments, a 167-room hotel, retail space, restaurants, leisure facilities and a roof garden.

Marc Burton, CEO of the Garenne Construction Group Channel Island companies said, “We are delighted to be supporting Highlands College as offering on-Island training is so integral to the construction industry. We are looking forward to working with the Highlands College team to see how we can provide additional support, through providing specialist equipment, developing innovative ways to encourage people to join the Industry or simply by being able to enhance the learning within the department by offering site visits, lectures or specific IT programmes.”