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.”