MichaelMichael from Northwest London Independent School trying his hand at brickwork

Students from local schools were taking part in a Construction taster session today (23 January 2020) at the unique West London Construction Academy (WLCA), which is run in partnership with Berkeley Group.

WLCA offers students the opportunity to learn and gain their qualification, while also working on the Southall Waterside housing development.

Jason Alexander a teacher from North West London Independent School praised West London College's taster scheme as it enables students to get out of the classroom and put learning into action. He said: "Today's taster sessions have given the students some insight into the craft skills of bricklaying and electrical installation. Hopefully, the sessions will awaken them to other possibilities in construction too and they may decide to make their careers in the industry."

North West London Independent School Year 12 student, Michael Hayes was finding  some of the techniques hard, despite the brickwork tutor Jas Virdee with years' of experience behind him, making it look easy. Michael said: "I'm enjoying it though; I'd really like to be able to build a whole house."

Students taking part in the taster session ranged from Years 10 - 13 and were from Northwest London Independent School, Ark Elvin Academy and Newham Catholic College.

Construction Assistant Curriculum Manager, Enda Mulloy said: "The importance of taster sessions is to give young potential construction students experience in crafts and skills so that they can make an informed decision before choosing a course. We also want to develop links with our local schools so that we can be their first point of call for directing students into construction."

If your school would like to take part in a construction taster session, please email or call West London College's Learner Information Service (LIS) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 8741 1688.