Back to school for Leicester College staff as they take part in major construction project

Leicester College teachers will help to build UoL student housing.

An Education and Training Foundation pilot project is being launched by Leicester College and energy and services company ENGIE to help shape the college's new T Level Construction course.


The foundation supports teachers and leaders across the further education and training sector to help them achieve their professional development goals for the benefit of learners and employers across England.


Neil McManus, Construction T Level Programme Area Manager at Leicester College said: “This is a unique opportunity for our staff to go ‘back to school’ themselves and upskill in an industrial environment by working on a major, local construction project.


"The insight and knowledge that they will gain will be invaluable in supporting students on the new T Level Construction course.”


The six members of Leicester College’s Construction T Level staff will work with different members of the ENGIE project team for eight weeks on the company’s new build project for the University of Leicester on Welford Road in the city.


The areas covered will include 3D modelling, procurement and planning. This will help the college staff expand their construction knowledge and skillsets, enabling them to enhance the delivery of the new T Level qualifications for students.


For the project at University of Leicester, ENGIE is overseeing the delivery of 1,164 new student homes across seven blocks, the refurbishment of a Grade II-listed building (to be used as office and study space), the construction of a 500-space multi-storey car park and the creation of a new 9,000 m2 teaching and learning centre.


Dale Powell, Assistant Social Value Manager at ENGIE said: “We are very much looking forward to helping facilitate these sessions. It is a follow-on to the work we have been carrying out with Leicester College over the past two years, and with the Freemans Common site so close it was a natural fit.


“Due to the wealth of experience we have on-site and throughout the company, it has been relatively straightforward to facilitate and organise the content for each session and we feel that if we can make the sessions engaging and interesting then hopefully this can be transferred through to the students for the benefit of our industry.”