Building Academy starts at Queen Charlotte College

At Cuddon, we believe the strength of a community lies in the quality of its education. That's why we're thrilled with our involvement in the recently launched Building Academy at Queen Charlotte College.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Kāinga Ora, Queen Charlotte College has started the Construction Academy to offer students hands-on experience in the building industry. The academy aims to nurture talents and foster engagement in the construction industry and is committed to providing alternative educational pathways that cater to each student's unique interests and aspirations.

The newly purchased Building Academy kits are all set for use for Year 12 and Year 13 students who are starting on their building projects. We're excited to see the innovative designs and constructions from students and the skills and confidence they'll gain through this experience.

Jeff Lockhart, Principal Adviser at the Ministry of Education, thinks the Construction Academy is a great example for other schools in Marlborough and around the Motu. "What you're doing is developing alternative pathways to keep young people engaged and growing their future," Lockhart said. This is our shared vision for this project: to empower students with choices that resonate with their unique interests and aspirations.

Terry Duff CEO of Cuddon said “It was a no-brainer for us to be involved when we were approached by the school. We are proud to have been instrumental in helping turn the concept of the Construction Academy into a reality. This initiative aligns with our mission to actively participate in and contribute to our local community, particularly when it comes to education and helping to develop the youth of Marlborough”

We're excited about the future of the Building Academy and look forward to seeing its impact on our students and community around Marlborough.