Orbit Homes, the development and sales arm of Orbit Group, is investing in the future of the construction industry by co-sponsoring a construction skills centre for young people.
The Jenner Orbit Construction Skills Centre is sponsored jointly by Orbit and by Jenner, and is at the Valley Park Community School in Maidstone.
The school runs a construction course for students, which not only teaches them the theory behind construction but also gives real hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn new skills. Orbit and Jenner have provided work overalls for the students studying at the centre, as well as building materials, including plasterboard, bricks and timber.
On top of this, Orbit Homes will be hosting two sixth form students for a fortnights work experience in July, when they will spend time with different departments to get a feel for how development works within the sector.
On 30 May, representatives from Valley Park School, Jenner and Orbit unveiled a plaque to officially open the new centre, which is already being used by students.
Maggie McCann, Development Director for Orbit Homes, said: "We are committed to ensuring the future success of our sector, so we jumped at the opportunity to sponsor a centre where young people will learn the skills necessary.
Another real benefit is that as an organisation with a base in Maidstone, we are able to help those young people living locally, and hopefully in the future they will in turn use the skills they learn will grow the local economy."
Martin Sandall, Managing Director of Jenner said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Construction Skills Centre at Valley Park School, which we hope will encourage future generations to choose the construction sector as their career path.
We were invited by Valley School to view the Centre in 2011 and were extremely impressed by the Schools energy and enthusiasm to provide construction related vocational education and training. As an investor in apprenticeships and the employment of young people over the years, this to the perfect arrangement to endorse this policy."