Students to show off construction skills

Students at University College Isle of Man are to take part in a construction competition on Friday 17th March 2017.

Forty-two students representing all of the craft professions will be given tasks to complete under the eyes of judges.

New to the competition this year will be the horticulture students, who are also based in the construction department.

Schools, construction companies, building supply companies and the public to come along and watch the competitors and to see for themselves exactly what goes on in the college’s Baillie Scott Wing, where the island’s future construction workers learn their trade.

’We pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to develop their skills to the highest level,’ said Corelli Bentham, programme manager for construction, ’The competition gives them the chance to showcase their talents, as well as providing an opportunity to inspire others to take up a career in an industry which plays such a vital part in the island’s economy’.

Meanwhile, the college is holding an information morning on Saturday and is inviting anyone interested in full or part-time study to visit the Homefield Road campus for a chat.

Staff from all departments will be on hand to discuss the courses on offer and to help school leavers, adult learners or those who want a change of direction, make decisions about their future.

UCM’s Principal Jo Pretty, said, ’The college’s 2017/18 full-time prospectus is now published. It details all the full-time courses available this coming academic year and is therefore a good place to start.

’However, often prospective students, or their parents, will want to talk about their plans in more depth and to consider options in relation to their career paths or HE study at UCM; the information morning is an ideal time to do that. We will also be able to provide information on our part-time courses for those who are interested in study alongside work.’

Career advisors will also be there.

The information morning starts at 9.30am and finishes at 12.30pm.