THREE students at South Essex College’s Thurrock Campus have taken a step in the right direction by putting their skills to the test.
The trio, who are studying a Level 3 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery, stepped up to the challenge to build a full scale staircase which is now in use in the College’s plumbing workshop.
Normally the students would create a smaller scale replica as part of their practical work, but a staircase was required to gain access to an upper level of the plumbing workshop, so the students stepped in and built it.
Aaron Scannell, 22, from Basildon, Tommy Clark, 18, from Grays and Alfie Cockerell, 19, from Chadwell spent four weeks building the staircase, which has now been fitted in the workshop and is being used each day.
Tommy said it was a fantastic opportunity to get involved.
He said: “It’s something I’m really proud of. When I look at it I can say ‘I helped build that.’ It really gives you a boost when you know something you’ve made is actually being used.
“Considering the fact that Thurrock Campus is new and built to a high standard is even more of a buzz because it means our work was of a high standard too.
“We have made scale replicas of things in the past to be assessed on such as roofs and walls, but to build something like this was great practice in a real life environment.”