Students get a closer look at affordable homes

BUILDING A FUTURE ... Lorraine Kell from Southdale (front left), with Catherine Thompson, South Tyneside Homes (front, second left), Nikki Silcock, CIOB North East (front, middle), John Cartwright, Sunderland College (Second row, second from right) and Mark Wilson, Southdale (Second row, far right) with students from Sunderland College and delegates from South Tyneside Homes and Southdale.
BUILDING A FUTURE ... Lorraine Kell from Southdale (front left), with Catherine Thompson, South Tyneside Homes (front, second left), Nikki Silcock, CIOB North East (front, middle), John Cartwright, Sunderland College (Second row, second from right) and Mark Wilson, Southdale (Second row, far right) with students from Sunderland College and delegates from South Tyneside Homes and Southdale.

STUDENTS left the classroom to see first-hand how 50 new affordable homes are being created in South Tyneside.

Construction and development specialist Southdale has given students from a North East college an insight into industry after hosting an educational site visit.

The students were all very enthusiastic and showed a real interest in how we work, the area of the market we operate in and elements such as sustainability in homes.

Lorraine O’Neil

The students from construction courses at Sunderland College spent time on sites in Jarrow, where Southdale is building more than 50 affordable homes for South Tyneside Homes.

The company is approaching completion on the projects at Stanley Street and Saxon Street and the visit was organised in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Lorraine O’Neil, customer care co-ordinator for Southdale, said: “It is vitally important in the construction sector that we nurture young talent and work towards filling the industry’s skills needs of the future.

“The students were all very enthusiastic and showed a real interest in how we work, the area of the market we operate in and elements such as sustainability in homes.”

John Cartwright, curriculum leader in Construction, Design and Building Services at Sunderland College, said: “I would like to thank Southdale for taking the time to give our students a real insight into the construction industry.

“It was an educational and enjoyable experience for our college learners, who took a lot away from the visit, and we are very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity.”

Nikki Silcock, branch manager at North East CIOB, said: “It was good to meet such an enthusiastic group of students, who are looking to embark on a career in the construction industry.

“We were delighted to be involved in the site visit and I am looking forward to working with Sunderland College and Southdale in the future.”

Southdale has more than 25 years of experience in working in partnership with clients to deliver a wide range of affordable housing.