Building studies graduate Andrew Marley has laid the foundations of future success

For building studies graduate Andrew Marley studying at Darlington College has laid the foundations of future success and offered the chance to secure a job in “Manchattan”.

The former Barnard Castle School student swapped games design at university for a Level 4 HNC in building studies and is now being paid to read a BSc in construction project management at Salford University by his employer Renaker, which specialises in high-rise luxury accommodation in Manchester.

“We are currently working on a 66-storey prestigious development believed to be the tallest outside London where the penthouse apartment is valued at £3.1m,” said Andrew, of Bishop Auckland, who got his first taste of the industry labouring for his father, contractor William Marley.

“Manchester is incredible; we counted 76 tower cranes in the city which is a sign of the level of investment and why its nickname is ‘Manchattan’.”

Darlington College curriculum manager for construction, building services and science Lisa Bowerbank said: “Andrew enrolled on a two-year programme with us where he demonstrated his commitment to learning and a passion to achieve.”

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