CONSTRUCTION students from Reading College have been gaining hands-on experience of commercial development as the College reaffirms its support of the Reading Retail Awards.

Students have been working with Beard Construction at Begrbroke Science Park in Oxfordshire on a three month assignment that has had teams estimate the cost of the build.

At the end of the project the students submitted their work to a panel of judges from the construction company.

Harley Archer, who was part of the winning team, said: “Delivering the final presentation was probably the hardest bit of the whole thing, but I feel more confident as a result of doing it and my communications skills have improved.

“The project really helped us to understand the importance of working in a team and our relationships are now stronger. It has also given us a good sense of what working in construction management is really like.”

The project stems from Reading College's focus on hands-on education that has students provide hair cuts in a salon environment and undertake engineering projects in tandem with BP.

Jonathan Goode, Group Branding and Communications Manager for the College, views the institution's sponsorship of the Reading Retail Awards as part of this drive for vocational success.

He said: “We are pleased to be involved with the awards again this year, as we build relationships with local employers and offer our students experiences of industry while at college.”

The Reading Retail Awards are in their seventh year.

Nominations closed on July 11. The awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton Hotel on September 17.