KEIGHLEY College students have been given first-hand experience of working on a building site.

Fourteen students – from a level-three diploma course in plumbing and technology – visited Barratt Homes’ Saxon Dene development, in Silsden.

Site manager Martyn Buck spoke to the group about the various housebuilding processes and the students were given a guided tour, during which they saw how plumbing systems are incorporated into homes.

Mr Buck said: “We were delighted to welcome the students and give them an insight into a live construction site, helping them get a feel for the practical elements of their course.

“It’s important that we support the communities in which we build and education is a big part of that.

“We want to show people of all ages that housebuilding is a rewarding career, available to them in their local area.”

James Horne, the plumbing course leader at Keighley College, said such site visits were hugely beneficial for the students.

He added: “We’re grateful to the site team for showing the students around and for being so helpful when answering their questions.”