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Lewisham College’s great relationship with The Young Vic theatre has resulted in an unexpected opportunity for our construction students. 

Learners from Deptford campus have been invited to carry out building refurbishments in The Platform, a rehearsal room and space for local community groups at the theatre. 

The project has been a great chance for students to experience several stages of the construction process from planning resources, design and project management to using their specialist construction skills to create an exciting new workspace. Students on Carpentry, Maintenance and Painting & Decorating courses are currently working on the project, while Plumbing and Electrician students will soon be tasked with checking the facilities before the rooms are put back in use. 

Lewisham and Southwark Colleges have built a strong partnership with The Young Vic – which is located near Southwark College – over a number of years, but this is the first time construction students have been involved in a major collaboration. 

David Barker, Head of Construction at Lewisham College, says: “This has been an excellent opportunity for our construction students to improve their craft in a real working environment. I’m very proud of the high standards and professionalism they’ve brought to the project, which has transformed the space into a really special place for performers and the community.”

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