Concrete Course Helps Build Industry Careers

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Date posted: 5 October 2010

A course custom-built for the concrete and construction industries is set to become a standard for top notch training.

Two years' work by the Concrete Society and University of Derby Corporate, the University's business-to business arm, has created a one-year 'Certificate of Achievement:Concrete Technology' qualification.

Students within the industry travelled from across the UK, to UDC's headquarters at the University's Enterprise Centre in Derby, to attend the course's opening one-day seminar but they will do the majority of their training from home or work, using online and distance learning.

The Certificate course covers basics such as the production and properties of concrete; right through to testing, and batching and mixing on site.

Richard England, Chief Executive Officer of the Concrete Society, said: "We realised that we had a lot of very experienced people in the industry who didn't have a formal qualification related to their work.

"Derby already offered a Ready Mixed Concrete Technology certificate, so it was a natural move to ask experts there to develop this further course. It has been a very fruitful collaboration with University of Derby Corporate."

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Corporate Sales at UDC, added: "We offer a number of professional courses related to the quarrying and construction industries, and have excellent links with the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ) and the Institute of Asphalt Technology.

"The IOQ has been the third partner in the development of this new course for the Concrete Society."

Students attending the course's opening one-day seminar in Derby said it would be useful in their careers.

Ben Victory, 34, a Quality Manager for Mitchellson Formwork and Civil Engineering of Slough, said: "My background is in management systems rather than a technical environment. I wanted to understand more about the technical side of the products we produce."

Sharon Reeve, 41, works in the sales team at Sherburn Stone Company Ltd, of Durham.

She said: "I've been with the company for 24 years. This Certificate will be my first formal qualification for the industry. It's about enhancing my knowledge of the industry."

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