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
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
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
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.
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.
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
London Brick has been in production for over 140 years and Forterra is its sole manufacturer. Used in approximately 23% of England’s housing stock, it is made from raw material millions of years old, the excavation of which has changed the landscape, created thousands of jobs, helped in the construction of some of our most recognisable buildings, and even created a wildlife reserve.
Increased production saw output reach 16 million bricks per day after the Second World War. Today, London Brick is produced almost exclusively for the residential renovation, maintenance and improvement (RM&I) market.
The styles and colours in its range are designed to match the five million homes built using London Bricks, as owners look to improve and extend their homes.
London Brick from Forterra
London Brick is produced by Forterra, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of clay and concrete building products. Forterra employs 1,800 people across the UK at 18 facilities.
It is the second largest brick and aircrete block manufacturer in the country and the only producer of the iconic London Brick. Forterra also produces well-known brands Thermalite, Conblock, Ecostock, Butterley, Cradley, Red Bank, Bison Precast, Jetfloor and Formpave.
Forterra takes its corporate social responsibility seriously and is assisting with skills development through its support for colleges by rolling out six London Brick Construction Hubs across the UK.
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…
Successful applicants will be notified by 31st January 2019 and bricks will be delivered shortly after.