Construction students from a Leicestershire college can sharpen up their bricklaying skills thanks to a kind donation from Taylor Wimpey.
The house builder, which is currently building new homes at Terracotta Gardens in Hathern and Cedar Walk in Birstall, has donated 2,400 facing bricks to the bricklaying department at Stephenson College in Coalville.
The donation, which was organised by Terracotta Gardens site manager Ray Jordan, means the college can lower its costs while continuing the training it can offer its students.
Shaun Broughton, deputy faculty head of construction at Stephenson College, says: "We were delighted to receive this incredibly generous donation from Taylor Wimpey, which was totally unexpected.
"Having thousands of new bricks means we can extend the practical training we can offer students on both our bricklaying and basic construction courses.
"The bricks are of a very high quality, and can be easily cleaned off so we can use them again and again and again."
Craig Vincent, production manager for Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands, says: "Today's construction students are the industry's workforce of the future, and so whenever we can help out a local college we like to do so.
"We pleased to hear that the bricks have made such a difference to the department, and hopefully the donation will go some way to helping the students hone their skills as they train for a long and rewarding career in the industry."
Vincent added: "Our current managing director started his construction career as an apprentice carpenter and joiner. It does go to show that young people starting apprenticeships today can be become the leaders of our industry tomorrow."
An impressive selection of three, four and five bedroom houses are currently available to reserve from as little as £169,995 at Terracotta Gardens in Hathern, near Loughborough.
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