Bricklaying course at Tower Hamlets College escapes axe

Poplar's Tower Hamlets College

Poplar's Tower Hamlets College - Credit: Archant

A bricklaying student has spoken of his relief after Tower Hamlets College agreed not to axe his course.

Alfie Davidson is one of five teenagers taking the level one bricklaying course based in the college’s Arbour Square campus, who were warned last week that it might be cancelled because too few people are taking it.

But the college bowed down to pressure from the students, who are already halfway through the course and were unhappy about transferring to another college course when there is no similar alternative.

Alfie, 16, of Allen Road, Bow, said: “I have always wanted to do bricklaying or plumbing so I was upset and angry when I was told the course might be cancelled because I just thought that there was no point in me working so hard.

“We had quite a big class at the start of the year but a lot of them were kicked out and it felt like we are being punished for that.”

He now hopes he will be able to achieve his dream of becoming a bricklayer.

“Hopefully now I can pass level one and move onto level two, get an apprenticeship and then start working,” Alfie added.

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His mother, Heidi, said: “I was over the moon when I heard that they had changed their minds because I was so worried about Alfie’s future and what he was going to do.

“The college said they are now going to wait until the end of the year to decide about the future of the course which is much better because you can’t mess around with children’s lives.”

Martin Reed, the college’s director of tower skills, said “It is the first time that we have run this course and as a consequence numbers are very low, which is not the ideal situation. We asked the students whether there were other things they wanted to do instead but they were very keen to continue with the course.”

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