Students along with industry professionals recently attended a Health and Safety Awareness Day held at Coleg Cambria Deeside.

Organised by North Wales Working Well Together Group (WWT) the event brought industry into the college from both trade and technical background to hear from and speak to experienced Construction professionals.

Working Well Together (WWT) is a construction industry initiative put in place to improve health and safety in the construction industry, particularly in the small and micro businesses. Started in 1998, WWT has gone on to become the most successful, health and safety initiative within the construction industry.
The North Wales Group members includes many large North Wales based construction employers including Anwyl Construction, Wynne Construction, K&C Construction, Redrow, Watkin Jones other members include SP Energy Networks and Airbus and Local Authorities including Flintshire, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Conwy.

During the event topics covered included, working safely near overhead power lines or underground cables by SP Energy Networks, working at height, asbestos and silicosis.

Carpentry & Joinery student, Jack Ellis, who benefited from the event said:

“Today has been a good learning experience to get a real insight into industry safety.”

Coleg Cambria, Assistant Principal & Director of Curriculum Nick Tyson said:

“It was a great opportunity for our students to benefit from this Health and Safety Awareness day organised by WWT.  It’s such an important issue within the industry and this was an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers.”

Stephen Hickey, Chartered Health & Safety Officer with K&C Group and Chairman of the North Wales Working Well Together Group added:

“The North Wales Working Well Together group are delighted to be involved with Coleg Cambria. The importance of Health and Safety is crucial to the Construction Industry and should always be a priority. The event at Cambria provided industry expertise to both part time and full time students who are looking to enter the industry at the end of the academic year. This can only benefit their chances of finding employment, whilst providing essential employability skills necessary to the sector.”

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