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Let London Brick help your college to lay the foundations for great skills

Here at London Brick, we are offering further education colleges the chance to transform their workshops by becoming a London Brick Construction Hub.

Successful colleges will receive a donation of 12,000 bricks, branded merchandise and the chance for your most outstanding student or apprentice to receive £500 worth of industry leading tools.

The classic brand, which has been in production for over 140 years, is getting behind the Government’s careers strategy to help plug skills gaps by supporting young people as they step onto the construction industry ladder.

London Brick want to help inspire the workforce of the future to make a positive contribution to UK productivity. We are keen to support a new generation of construction professionals, keeping its heritage alive in the 21st century.

Working with further education colleges, London Brick wants to forge links between education and industry, and to inspire young people with enthusiasm, confidence and pride as they start careers in construction.

Submissions for 2019 are now closed

Applications for the 2020 London Brick Construction Hub programme will open in spring 2020. Stay tuned for further updates!

Benefits to colleges – why get involved?

Workshops with the wow factor

Workshops with the wow factor

Becoming a London Brick Construction Hub will give a lift to your resources and brighten up your workshops with:

  • A donation of 12,000 London Bricks
  • London Brick branded merchandise
  • Forterra and London Brick branded posters and banners for your college workshop
  • A chance for your most outstanding student or apprentice to receive £500 worth of industry leading tools

Put your college on the map

Put your college on the map

Improve your employer engagement through links to one of the largest manufacturers of building products in the UK.

Enhance the profile and prestige of your department within the college and in the wider community. A boost to your reputation could help with student recruitment and increase numbers on college construction programmes.

Engage with industry

Engage with industry

Help to give your students the edge through exposure to employment settings and skilled individuals with current industry knowledge and expertise.

Links with industry will boost your students’ CVs and enable them to get a head start in the world of work.

Apprentice Builders

What could your students and apprentices build with 12,000 bricks?

Colleges that become exclusive London Brick Construction Hubs will take delivery of a donation of bricks for their own use. All you need to do is tell us how you will use the bricks and how students will benefit. Our panel of experts will judge the best ideas from each region and up to six colleges will be selected and notified by the 31st January with bricks delivered shortly after.

Entries will be judged by:
  • Duncan Edwards, Commercial Engineering Manager of Forterra
  • Craig Phillips, builder, DIY expert and business owner
  • And an independent person

Successful colleges will also receive Forterra and London Brick branded posters and banners for their college workshop, plus London Brick branded merchandise.

In addition, Construction Hubs will benefit from the latest brickwork expertise and an insight into careers within the industry through site visits and visiting speakers. They will also get a chance to meet TV’s Craig Phillips and hear about progress on his Dream Build project.

Apprentice Builders

Helping to build careers in construction

London Brick has been the original choice for professional builders since 1877. Used to build around one in five houses in the UK, it is an essential element of residential renovation, maintenance and repair. It is manufactured exclusively by Forterra, with its distinctive ‘frog’ design making it easier to cut, handle and lay.

London Brick has long been associated with economic re-generation. From the construction of the railways in the 19th century, to meeting the post-war housing crisis head-on, the brand has been integral to UK industrial strategy throughout its lifecycle. Read more

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Latest news

Industry links with colleges vital to meet future construction skills shortages

September, 2018

Plans unveiled in the most recent Budget revealed the UK government’s ambition to back construction skills with £34M being dedicated to training in skills including bricklaying and plastering. A national retraining scheme, backed by the TUC and the CBI, will contribute to upskilling the nation to meet the demands of future construction industry requirements. This will extend to the largest housebuilding programme since the 1970s with £15BN of new financial support making a total investment of £44BN including a government commitment to deliver more than 300,000 new homes each year until 2022. Over that period, it is expected that 232,000 new jobs will be created in the construction industry. How will the UK’s colleges and training providers help to equip this new workforce to meet the challenges of this massive boom in 21st century building?

Colleges have long recognised that they need to work together with partners in industry and increasingly, leading manufacturers and building contractors recognise their vital role in this relationship. By its nature, further education cannot remain…

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