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Students help with Tŷ Menai transformation in successful work experience placements

Two Grŵp Llandrillo Menai students worked on Coleg Menai’s Tŷ Menai transformation as they completed successful work experience placements with Read Construction.

Brody White and Ben Hughes, who are both studying the Level 3 course in Construction and the Built Environment, worked on Coleg Menai’s new £20million Bangor campus as part of their placements.

The students attended management meetings, reviewed plans and carried out CAT scans, surveys, safety checks and more as they set strong foundations for future careers in construction.

Read were impressed with their work, with project manager Eilir Jones saying:

“The students were given a range of tasks including CAT scanning, marking out, surveys and attending progress meetings. During the week, both Brody and Ben were courteous, keen and willing with all tasks and showed great enthusiasm to learn. It has been a pleasure to have them on site with us, ensuring they have a well-rounded onsite experience to complement their classroom studies.”

The students found the experience hugely rewarding. Brody said:

“I believe participating in work experience is vital as it enables individuals like myself to determine if the job role is well suited for you. Engaging in such activities with your chosen company can help open many doors and offer an abundance of opportunities. I would like to show my gratitude to Read Construction for providing me with this experience.”

Ben said:

“I really enjoyed the week I spent on site with Read Construction. The week was a positive learning experience. There were a variety of tasks to be done to provide experience of what the day-to-day work would entail.”

Claire Taylor, programme leader for Level 3 Construction & the Built Environment, said:

“Well done to Brody and Ben who have been able to implement their knowledge from the Level 3 BTEC Construction and the Built Environment course and show their dedication and proactiveness to industry professionals, resulting in a very successful work experience placement. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai would like to thank Read Construction for their continued support.”

The Level 3 BTEC Construction and the Built Environment course (Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma) can lead to a huge range of careers. Interviews for places for the next academic year are taking place on June 27 and 28. You can find out more information about the course and apply here.

Mrs Taylor added:

“We work with local employers to help provide relevant work experience opportunities for our learners, which in turn helps them to secure their chosen career paths.

“The Level 3 BTEC Construction and the Built Environment course provides an excellent basis for a range of career options such as quantity surveyors, architects, civil engineers, site managers, health and safety officers, buyers, building surveyors, building services engineers, building control officers, planners, CAD technicians, project managers etc, to name a few.

“Our learners are supported to progress with their chosen career paths, whether this means that the next step after level 3 is higher education, employment or onto higher apprenticeships.”

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai appointed Read to carry out the works on the new Parc Menai campus, where teaching is due to take place from September 2024.

The new campus, backed with £14 million from the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme, will relocate Coleg Menai’s current provision from the Ffriddoedd Road and Friars sites in Bangor. You can find more information about the ongoing transformation here.

Read welcome other work placements, and anyone interested can get in touch via

For information on the range of construction courses available at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, click here.