Jerome
Jerome and Guy
The previous Partnership between Jackson Lloyd and Preston Vocational Centre saw our work experience student Jerome, enjoy his first on site experience.

Jerome, who has achieved NVQ in Bricklaying, spent time with two of Jackson Lloyd finest,  Bricklayers Ian Latham and Guy Ashcroft . Luckily for Jerome the sun made a welcome appearance as the team started a challenging job lifting and relaying of 88 square meters of flags.

Jerome will work with Ian and Guy, assisted by Apprentice Ryan, for the next two weeks, building on his existing knowledge of bricklaying and ground working trades.  Following his time with Jackson Lloyd , Jerome hopes to secure a full time apprenticeship in Bricklaying.  Armed with his work experience, report and references from Jackson Lloyd , the Vocational Centre are confident that this will be possible.

We wish Jerome the very best of luck for the future, it has been a pleasure to have him working with us. 
Tom & Connor at Brammal Homes
Bramall Construction throws lifeline of support to Preston teenagers.

TWO teenagers who had been excluded from mainstream school have successfully turned their lives around after being offered an apprenticeship with regeneration specialist Bramall Construction and Preston Vocational Centre.

Tom Vickers and Connor Lowe, both 16, were handpicked from their short stay school Larches House in Preston to embark on a 16 month training contract in bricklaying.

The pair impressed Bramall Construction and Preston Vocational Centre at interview stage, and were also recommended for an apprenticeship by teachers at Larches House who praised their punctuality and high attendance levels.

Preston Vocational Centre has trained over 80 pupils from Larches House since it opened two and a half years ago, but thanks to Bramall Construction, the first apprenticeship scheme has now been rolled out to pupils. The project was also initiated by Lancashire Housing Partnership which supports young people into employment and training.

The £2.7 million investment package will help plug the shortage of homes in the city and the project has been supported by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Since being taken on by Bramall Construction (part of Keepmoat) and Preston Vocational Centre, Tom and Connor have achieved a BTEC level 1 award in construction and have been presented with their CSCS cards – the industry benchmark for competency.

They are currently being assessed on site for their NVQ Level 1 in bricklaying and will have experienced everything from general labouring to plastering, painting and decorating by the time their contracts end next year.

Connor, who was excluded from Moor Park High School before attending Larches House has since gone from strength to strength at Preston Vocational Centre and was crowned ‘Student of the Year 2010/2011’.
Martin Grayston, teacher and Centre Manager at Preston Vocational Centre added: “The apprenticeship is a massive opportunity for them, it’s probably the best opportunity they’ve had.

“Tom and Connor are both very mature and hard working and they’re fantastic examples of what can be achieved at the college. They both help each other out and we’re delighted they’re going to come away with strong qualifications following their training period. Tom is looking to enroll at Preston College from September to gain more qualifications to add to the one’s he achieved at Preston Vocational Centre.

We’re also going to be doing all we can alongside Bramall Construction to help them find permanent employment at the end of it all.”

Michael Taylor award
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Student profile – Michael Taylor
Age – 17 years


“ I attended Preston Vocational Centre on a one day course for 6 weeks. As I like doing manual work I really enjoyed the course, where I received training in bricklaying, painting & Decorating and Bench Joinery. The benefits of attending the Vocational centre is that it has developed my skills further, helped me gain more confidence, and given me a platform to begin a career in construction.
I now intend to gain an apprenticeship in Bricklaying as it is something I really enjoy doing. I am grateful to my instructors for the help I received and the extra tuition given on my work placement “.
Michael Taylor

I Have always found Michael to be a hard working and enthusiastic individual who is always keen to learn. Michael has really excelled at Bricklaying and his quality of work is of the highest of standards (See photos below). We have now taken Michael on a Work Placement her at Preston Vocational Centre where he is also waiting for an interview for an apprenticeship with a reputable local company.
M J Grayston

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Student profile: Ashley Walmsley

My name is Ashley Walmsley, I am 15 years old and I have been attending Preston Vocational Centre for approximately 18 months. I am studying the BTEC Level 1 Award in Construction which I am on target to achieve this qualification.
"I was recently asked why I enjoyed attending the course at Preston Vocational Centre so much, and the reason is that I enjoy it because it teaches me new skills; because it motivates me to get out of bed in a morning; because it allows me to push myself to my limits and get out of my comfort zone; because it gives me confidence (Something I have never had before at school); because it helps me make new friends; because it gives me stories to tell. Because I am getting ahead of other students in something I enjoy doing, because It keeps me out of trouble: because it is like studying in a real workplace instead of a classroom. Because it gives me a platform to progress.

About Ashley Walmsley
Prior to attending Preston vocational centre, Ashley was finding it hard to engage in certain subjects at the school he attends. Since attending Preston vocational Centre 18 months ago he has really improved his skill level, and his motivation has improved tremendously. As most of the study for his qualification is ‘hands on’, this seems to suit Ashley better, than in a classroom environment. He is always keen to learn, has the ability to help others and is very popular amongst other students and staff with his positive and easy going attitude. Ashley has really excelled at Carpentry & Joinery and his quality of work is of a very good standard (See photo) by M Grayston, Centre Manager