City College Plymouth on first year as Weber Elite college: “We are abundantly grateful and proud to be involved in the partnership”

As the first year of the college's partnership comes to a close they reflect on their time working with Weber 

The Weber Elite College Partnership was formed to create an important link between Weber and the colleges who deliver formal qualifications. With the aim to provide learners with the relative skills, materials and methodology to suit modern construction solutions within the workplace, Weber are committed to helping bridge the skills gap and safeguard the future of construction. The partnership also sees Weber offer support with training events and products that in turn can be used in the educational development of the students.

It’s the first year that City College Plymouth have been involved in the partnership. Supporting an increasing number of apprentices and full-time learners, it’s been a busy year for them. With a number of their students going on to work for rendering and spraying firms that use monocouche products, working with Weber couldn’t have come at a better time.

As part of his commitment to the partnership, City College Plymouth tutor Rob Casey took part in a train the trainer day at Weber’s Technical Academy in Flitwick, together with lecturers from the other elite colleges. “I was provided with a deep insight into the experiences trainers have encountered during their time teaching rendering,” Rob explained. “We were kept fully engaged throughout, with product demonstrations, practical activities and tours of R&D and the Weber factory.”

During the academic year, the college received visits from Weber application managers Phillip Powell and David Hunt. Delivering workshops that focused on monocouche spraying, fixing beads and the application of weberend aid, not only did students gain valuable experience from the workshops, feedback from employers proved first-rate too. Some stated that they were “impressed to see the college working with such a reputable brand.”

Utilising materials donated to the college by Weber, the students in Plymouth have completed 50 square meters of rendering on a series of out houses on one of their sites. According to Rob, this “helped provide realistic training” for the level 3 full-time apprentices. The college also produced a Weber feature wall, located in the college’s main workshop.

Looking to the future, the college is planning on using some of Weber’s donated products on a project they’re undertaking at Dartmoor Zoo. They also plan to use and promote Weber products during its work experience days and look forward to taking part in further Weber training days.

“We are abundantly grateful and proud to be involved in the partnership,” Rob said of the Weber Elite College Partnership. “We continually strive to maintain outstanding teaching and learning, promote the use of Weber’s products and to inspire the next generation of plasterers and renderers.”

Weber are currently in 10 formal partnerships with colleges across the UK including Barking & Dagenham College in the South East, Nottingham College in the East Midlands, The College Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, Kirklees College in the North, Southern Regional College in Northern Ireland and Dundee and Angus College in Scotland.

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