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Bristol Novus helps students get hands on

7 May 2018

Members of the Bristol Novus Hub have been supporting second year Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction students from Gloucester College (Gloscol) with a “real-life” project scenario as part of their end of year assessment process.

For a number of years Gloscol has been purchasing properties in need of refurbishment for students from various courses to use as a true to life project, the first College in the UK to do so.

This year, through Gloscol lecturer in construction Craig Bloxsome MCIOB, the Bristol Novus Hub was approached and asked to offer their own professional experience and guidance to the students along the way.

Hub chair Tom Lee-Fox and Vice chair Leon Boardman attended a project launch at the property in February. The theme of the project this year is sustainability so Lee-Fox, Boardman and Bristol committee member Vance Babbage were able to offer their thoughts and expertise to the students, and lecturers, on how they would approach the project.

Later in the year the Hub members will also be on hand to judge the best project presentations across various categories, and have also offered prizes for the best presentations in each category.

Lee-Fox commented: “To me, this is what being a Novus member is all about. What Gloscol are doing giving students the opportunity to have a real building to use as a blank canvas for their end-of-year projects is fantastic, and not something I’ve seen or heard of before.”

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