Students help deliver homes for veterans

Students at Merton College have finished a six-month industry placement that helped to create new homes for ex-service veterans in Morden.

The Level 2 and 3 pupils celebrated the end of their work experience placements at a special awards ceremony last week, after working with contractors United Living at its Rhodes Moorhouse Court project.

More than 50 students including pupils from Carshalton College helped create 68 new homes for the ex-service community on behalf of Haig Housing Trust.

The students learnt about a range of construction skills including bricklaying, carpentry, electrical and plastering.

Bryan Smyth, who is studying for a Level 3 diploma in electrical installation, said: “I’ve had a fantastic time here, working with the team at United Living to gain some experience and understand what it’s actually like to work on a construction site. I’ve gained a lot of new skills and I want to thank them for this opportunity.”

Brigadier James Richardson, chief executive of Haig Housing Trust, said: “We’re delighted that this major development project on our Morden estate not only delivers 68 much needed new homes for veterans and their families but has also benefited students from our neighbouring college.”

Farhan Mohamed, site manager at United Living, said: “The students have enjoyed it and we had an opportunity to mentor them and share our knowledge and experience and hopefully, this should give them the confidence to apply for their first job.”

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