Supporting the trades of the future

Published: 4th November 2019

Published by Elliotts

Elliotts partner with City College and their construction students!

End-of-line and damaged building materials from Elliott's Southampton branch will be donated to the City College construction departments under the new partnership. Sheet materials, internal doors and bricks have already been received by the college in the first round of donations.

Their marketing team met with Kulwant Gautam, Construction and Professional Build Learning Manager at City College, who was able to show them how the donated materials were being used.

The impressive construction course facilities at City College Southampton supports 180 full-time students, which includes 30-40 apprentices along with 30 evening students. Courses range from brickwork to carpentry, painting & decorating to electrical.

The college is incredibly waste-conscious when it comes to using their materials. A brick will be reused 6-7 times and doors 3-4 times so students can get full use out of them.


Kulwant said, “We are very grateful for the donations of timber boards, bricks and doors from Elliotts. Our students have been keen to work with them.”

“It was wonderful to be able to show their team around our construction departments so they could see first-hand what an impact their donation had and what work the students were creating.

“We are always keen to create partnerships with local businesses and are also planning industry talks together.”

“We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to donate some materials to City College Southampton”, said Emma McTaggart, Marketing & PR Executive at Elliotts.

“It was fantastic to see some of the students working with the doors and bricks that otherwise would have gone to landfill.”

Elliotts are also sponsoring three awards for brickwork students at the City College Awards Evening on November 6th. 

"We've been helping the South build since 1842 so it's important to us that we also build local, meaningful partnerships", said Dan Coombes, Assistant Branch Manager at the Southampton branch of Elliotts.

“We’re excited to develop our relationship with the College and their students further.”