19 year old Kamaal-Haris Jahangir, from Aston, has just completed his Level 1 Introduction to Trowel Trades at South & City College’s Bordesley Green campus. The course gives an introduction to tiling, plastering and brickwork.
Kamaal didn’t enjoy school very much and due to undiagnosed dyslexia, he didn’t get the required grades in his maths and English.
Since Kamaal’s diagnosis and enrolling at the college, he has received extra help in the workshop and classroom which has given him more confidence and his maths and English have improved.
In September, Kamaal will study Level 2 Tiling and is keen to get some work experience and perhaps even an apprenticeship. “I enjoyed tiling more than any of the other trade areas.” Kamaal said “I had a good teacher, who gave me all the help I needed. I’ve also learned how to communicate with others and to help others when I’m working.”
When asked whether he would recommend the college he said “Yes I would. Because the staff are always helpful and they care about you. The staff made sure I had a good experience.”
Construction is one of the largest industries in the UK, employing over 2 million people and yet there is still a skills shortage. A skilled and experienced bricklayer or plasterer can earn over £40,000 per year.
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