Shrewsbury Colleges Group students have become the first to gain hands-on experience of traditional construction methods, as part of a National Lottery-funded programme to plug England's heritage skills gap, using 18th Century Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings as a site for hands-on learning.

 On Thursday 8 March, 12 Level 1 and 2 Brickwork students spent the morning at the Flaxmill Maltings site learning  to make the ‘great’ bricks  that were used in the construction of the iconic Grade I listed Main Mill - the world’s first iron-framed building and forerunner of modern day skyscrapers, which was built in 1797.

National Careers Week may be over, but at Shrewsbury Colleges Group it is still very much in full swing.

Careers week has become Careers Month at the three college campuses, with a plethora of speakers lined up to talk to students throughout March.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group students will dazzle audiences for three nights as they perform the hip-swivelling musical comedy, All Shook Up.

Students from all three campuses have been working hard at rehearsals to get ready for their performance at Wakeman Hall next week. The musical, which is narrated using a catalogue of Elvis Presley songs, will be performed from March 20 to 22 (Tues to Thurs).

The A Level Travel & Tourism students from Welsh Bridge Campus at Shrewsbury Colleges Group spent eight months organising three amazing, overseas trips for their peers.

As part of their syllabus, students organised four-day trips to Berlin for German students, Rome for Photography students and Paris for Business students, with around 40 pupils in each class. To choose the three teams behind each trip, they used the ‘Belbin Behavioural Test’, which consists of a series of questions to match you with your perfect team members.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group hosted students from across the region for talks about the Ancient World by one of Britain’s most respected Classicists.

Students studying A Level Classical Civilisation from five different colleges in the Hereford, Shropshire and North Wales region were invited by Shrewsbury Colleges Group to their London Road Campus to hear from Professor Edith Hall and a successful ex-student – Will Coles The students were treated to a full day of knowledgeable talks and an authentic Roman buffet made by the on-site professional restaurant, Origins.

More than 150 people from across the region have now passed one of the three MOT courses run by Shrewsbury Colleges Group at its London Road Campus, including 23 from Furrows Group which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

The three courses on offer (MOT Testers Class 4 and 7, MOT Centre Managers and Annual Updates), which started just 12 months ago have proved so popular with the industry, that extra courses have had to be put on and additional specialist staff trained to deliver them.

To help address the labour shortages in the construction industries, a special collaborative event is being held at Shrewsbury Colleges Group to give school leavers, students, and the general public a chance to find out about the exciting careers on offer.

Britain’s shortage of surveyors, bricklayers and other construction workers is holding back building work just at the time when the country needs more houses and infrastructure, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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