Keepmoat Homes support University Centre teacher with industry placement
29 September 2021
Keepmoat Homes recently supported Robert Ward, Teacher of Professional Construction at The University Centre at Salford City College, with an industry placement.
With a new Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Future Homes Design being launched at the College, Robert reached out to Keepmoat Homes hoping to spend some valuable time on site with staff members to ensure he was aligned to industry requirements.
To enable Robert to plan for the course, he utilised this time with Keepmoat Homes staff to give him an understanding of how an organisation such as Keepmoat Homes operates, the challenges it faces and how it meets those challenges.
Robert visited the Keepmoat Homes Charlestown Development with Site Manager, Ste Pellows, (pictured above) and at the Keepmoat Head Office in Speke. Here, he liaised with various departments including the Technical Department with Phil McCathie, Architectural Manager (pictured above), the Commercial Department with Robert Weaver, Estimating Manager and Ben Stone, Head of Sustainability.
Allan Milne, Director of Business Development and Apprenticeships at Salford City College Group, commented:”Ensuring that our delivery staff remain aligned to industry requirements and practices is essential. If we want our students and apprentices to be the best they can be, we must give them the best possible learning journey.
During Robert’s time with Keepmoat Homes, he was given an overview of each of the departments and how they interact/communicate with other departments. This included the assessment of financial viability of a project, budget management, forecasting, planning, monitoring, project management, planning techniques, software use (BIM), management of subcontractors, procurement methods, cost management techniques, software applications and quality assurance. Robert also gained insight on how Keepmoat is responding to the demands and targets set internationally, nationally, and regionally for zero carbon, modern methods of construction within house building and alternative energy strategies notably. Robert will use this invaluable knowledge to provide his professional construction students with a suitable understanding of the current industry which will better prepare them for employment after College.