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Third UCOL house build project for charity

Third UCOL house build project for charity

For the third year in a row, UCOL Wairarapa Certificate in Carpentry students will construct a three bedroom house under UCOL’s custom-designed covered facility at the Masterton campus.

The previous two house build projects raised an impressive total of $65,000 for local charities.

Built under the watchful supervision of Carpentry lecturer Peter Vanderveen, the wooden framed house will feature an ensuite and ‘lifetime’ design.

The 13 Certificate in Carpentry students have seven months to complete their work on the house before its auction in November. This year the Life Flight Trust and Wairarapa Hospice will receive the profits of the house sale.

Run in conjunction with Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton and the Dugdale Charitable Trust, the UCOL building ventures have become highly valuable community projects with many local and national suppliers showing their support with services and products.

The house build projects are regarded as a real win-win-win situation. “Our trades students get to work on a full scale construction job, local charities get much needed funds and the sponsors and industry partners get a platform to showcase their wares,” says UCOL’s Construction Programme Coordinator Brett Tickner.

“Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton is still our main sponsor,” says Brett. “Every year they are more and more generous with their support.”

The project has also had great responses from local companies ready to help out with discounts or donations of their products and services.

“The house-build is proving to be a great learning outcome for current students and a vehicle to showcase what we can offer here in trades training,” says Brett.

Several of last year’s graduates have found work in the construction industry with two students gaining Builders apprenticeships.


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