Local college students join RBH team for a taste of working life on site

A Rochdale housing provider has teamed up with a developer and a local college to offer four students work experience on its first development of shared ownership homes.

Mutual housing society RBH is developing 25 “affordable” homes at its Hopwood Green scheme in Middleton. The organisation is working with Lovell’s and Hopwood Hall College to offer the work placements.

Four students the college have undertaken practical work experience on site, as part of a social value commitment by both RBH and Lovell’s to provide a wider benefit to the community and to the local economy.

One of the four students is18 year old Mohammed Miah, a joinery student at Hopwood Hall, and he clearly made an impression.

“As one of the borough’s most significant employers and purchasers, we know we have a responsibility to help build the local economy and support communities across Rochdale borough,” said Aine Graven, RBH’s social value coordinator. “As part of this, we’re really proud to be able to broker these fantastic opportunities for young people like Mohammed to put their college theory work in practice on site.”

Paul Wobey, social value manager for Lovell’s, added: “Mohammed has recently completed his carpentry and joinery work experience placement this month on site, which was overseen by our site manager, Janet Cook. He had a great experience week on site working with the site joiners. Mohammed certainly is a team player and he put some of his college learning in to actual practice — he is a credit to himself and Hopwood Hall College.”


Main Image: (Left to right) Mohammed Miah; Janet Cook, site manager, Lovell’s; Aine Graven, RBH, social value coordinator


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