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Pupils from Colmers secondary school in Birmingham are receiving an invaluable opportunity to build careers in the construction industry. Colmers is one of ten secondary schools in the Quinton Education Action Zone (EAZ) participating in an NVQ supported by the LEA and Lovell Construction.

As part of the NVQ Level 1 course in construction, 150 students are spending 36 weeks at the Quinton/Lovell Construction Academy gaining hands-on experience in skills such as plumbing, carpentry, brick-laying and painting. They spend 9 weeks on each of the different disciplines, as well as learning to use all relevant tools and materials.

The Quinton EAZ (Quinzone) is impressed by pupil attendance on the course, with the majority expected successfully to complete the NVQ. Tutors have also reported a marked improvement in the attitude towards learning of many of their students. At the end of the school year they will be offered the the option of furthering their studies by taking an NVQ Level 2.

Part of the series: Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

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