Back in 2012, local businesses and organisations got together to transform a disused caretaker’s house into the Tong High School Construction Centre, to enable students to develop practical skills in a ‘real life’ construction environment.
The Centre was built in partnership with leading building and civil engineering company Moortown Construction, Rex Procter and Partners, Pitts Wilson Electrical and NG Bailey.
As a result, the Tong High School construction centre has now been accredited as a CITB Cskills Awards Delivery Centre.
Head teacher Stephen Curran said: “Tong High School is delighted to have been accredited as a CITB Cskills Awards Delivery Centre and this recognition demonstrates our exceptional provision and offers a potential direct route to employment for students choosing to pursue a career in the industry.
“Our vision at Tong is to be the heartbeat of a powerful network in which everyone involved thrives on the challenge to improve and get better every day.
“This is a real example of the power of partnerships and how the success of Tong High School is being significantly enhanced through the quality of our organic influential networks and partnerships which are mutually beneficial and positively influence the achievement of students and our wider community.
“With youth unemployment at record levels, Tong High School continuously works hard to ensure students are best equipped to reach their full potential - whether they’re set for university life or the world of work.
“Tong aims to develop this successful ‘Classroom in Construction’ model within other curriculum areas and employment sectors across Bradford, to ensure students receive relevant experience and skills which are connected to the curriculum, this also establishes strong relationships which could be potential ‘foot in the door’ opportunities.”
For more information on Cskills Awards, visit our Awards & Accreditation section.