Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick maker, is playing its part in ensuring construction students are equipped with the materials needed to hone their skills, by donating 12,000 of its bricks as part of an ongoing partnership between the brick manufacturer and the Construction Skills Village.
The donation was spilt across Construction Skills Village facilities in Barnsley, Doncaster and Scarborough, where it will be used to help students develop their brickwork skills on a safe learning site.
XX, XX at Ibstock, said: “As the UK’s largest brick maker, it’s not only essential we continue to invest in the production facilities and resources required to meet the increased demand for bricks but, it’s also important we play a part in ensuring the skills needed to deliver construction projects are also available. That’s why we are keen to support initiatives such as the Construction Skills Village.
“Our donation will allow students to develop their brickwork skills on a ‘live’ site environment, helping them to gain valuable experience in the trade.”
Graham Ratcliffe, Managing Director of Northern Regeneration, added: “The provision of tools and materials is one of the Skills Village’s biggest costs and, as a community interest company, support from companies such as Ibstock is a huge help.
“The bricks will really support the development of our students and their journey to employment.”
In addition to donating bricks, Ibstock also supplied each Construction Skills Village site with a number of sample panels to enable the students to become more familiar with the extensive range of brick colours and textures manufactured by Ibstock.
The Construction Skills Village provides people in Barnsley, Doncaster and Scarborough with the learning opportunities needed to help address the construction skills shortage and close the gap between education and the construction industry.