Hugh Baird College and Starship Group have joined forces to integrate cutting-edge building techniques into the curriculum of the College’s construction and trades courses.
The College has partnered with Starship to provide students with manufacturing facility tours, industry talks, integrated specialized training, and collaboration on a modular housing build. More initiatives are planned for the future.
Wirral-based company Starship Group, established in 2020, is known for its carbon-zero construction credentials and the utilisation of innovative technology specialising in constructing high-quality, affordable, and net-zero homes. Starship Group employs a panelised delivery approach to minimise waste and bolster local economies.
Kevin Hardy, Head of Manufacturing at Starship Group, shared his enthusiasm about the collaboration, highlighting the essential connection between education and industry:
“It is fantastic to see students acquiring new skills not only pertinent to Offsite Manufacturing but are also transferable to traditional build.”
“It’s a privilege introducing students to Starship’s manufacturing facilities at Wirral Waters Campus, offering them a glimpse into the practical application of these skills in the industry and the myriad of career opportunities available to them.”
Paula Waltmaier, Director of Curriculum at Hugh Baird College, emphasised the significance of this partnership:
“Empowering our students with industry-relevant skills is at the core of our mission at Hugh Baird College. Together, we are shaping the future of construction by fostering innovation, sustainability, and a passion for learning.”
“Our collaboration with Starship Group is a testament to our commitment to bridging the gap between education and the evolving demands of the construction industry as we enter the era of net-zero homes.”
“With support from the Strategic Development Fund (SDF), the ultimate goal of our partnership is to tackle the current skills gap in the industry and equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to excel in their careers.”