Mike Roberts started his journey with the Reaseheath College Construction Department back in 2009 whilst he was still a student at Ruskin High School. Initially enrolling on to a Key Stage 4 construction programme, Mike spent one day a week at Reaseheath learning the basics of bricklaying and joinery.
On completing his studies at school and his Key Stage 4 award in construction in 2011, Mike decided to continue his bricklaying training with Reaseheath. He went on to achieve Levels 1, 2 and 3 in bricklaying and was also awarded ‘best overall construction student’ in his final year.
After completing his training in 2014, Mike became self-employed and began working at Reaseheath as part of the team of bricklayers constructing some of the college’s new building developments which we were awarded. He combined full time work with studying for a Higher National Certificate in Construction to further develop his management skills.
It was whilst bricklaying at Reaseheath that Mike was noticed by us. Impressed by his work ethic, we proceeded to offer Mike a position as an Assistant Site Manager, a post that he still holds after finishing his degree in 2017.
Mike commented: “I owe everything not only to the Construction Department of the College, but also to Pochin’s for providing me with the opportunity. I realise now that everything that they were asking me to do was to help prepare me for the world of work. I am a lot better for it now as I can see why the tutors kept emphasising the things I needed to do, I would recommend the Construction department and Reaseheath to anyone, the workshops are brilliant.”