In November this year two lucky students will win the chance to work on a project in South Africa as part of their qualification. The initiative is being run by Mellon Educate, a charity that has been operating in impoverished African communities since 2002.
The concept is groundbreaking in that an entire school is built in just five days by an army of volunteers under the direction of skilled tradespeople. The winning student will be able to expand their knowledge base by working across multiple trades and witnessing first-hand the logistics involved in running a large scale initiative on tight deadlines.
Usually the volunteers raise £4000 each to cover the their flights, hotel and materials for the build, however in this case a Gravesend-based volunteer, Mark Lindop, has kindly announced that he would like to support two students from North Kent College by covering their costs. All flights, accommodation, breakfast and lunches will be covered (evening dinners are self funded except on the final night when there is a wrap party).
The successful candidates will be seen as an ambassadors for the college and will have to pitch themselves, go through a round of interviews and blog from the building site as a way of improving their life skills.
If you are interested in attending please fill out the form below and you will be emailed by the College shortly regarding the application process.
*The competition is open to NKC Construction, Plumbing and Electrical students only – on full time courses or apprenticeships.