Corobrik has once again provided hands-on learning for landscaping technology students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) by sponsoring the CPUT-Corobrik construction week for the fourth year running.
Initiated in 2013, the week provides an opportunity for the students to participate in a landscape design and construction project with Corobrik donating the clay pavers and providing training on how to lay them.
This year the students constructed a paved pathway through a (to-be-constructed) medicinal plant garden that will be used to grow a variety of plants researched by the Medicinal Plant Research group within the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Those involved included landscape technology students across foundation, first and second years (approximately eighty students in total) and representatives from Corobrik. The range of students from across different years working collaboratively on a single construction project provided a vital opportunity for peer learning and skill transfer.
One foundational student commented that the construction week had assisted students to interact with senior students, which had improved and enhanced their knowledge in managing and in how a leader should be.
Each student was instructed to install their own square meter of paving after a training session conducted by Corobrik staff.
Corobrik donated 100m2 of pavers including Corobrik Meadow paver and Corobrik Constantia paver.
“The Corobrik products provided the perfect outcome for the construction project,” said Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik Western Cape Manager.
“The clay pavers are known for their durability, lasting longer than comparable products, making them a manageable investment for construction projects like this one. Besides these valuable qualities, the yellow colouring of the Corobrik Meadow paver alongside the red of the Corobrik Constantia paver makes for an attractive and colourful design, as is clearly evident in the finished project by the hardworking students.”
“Collaborating with CPUT on this event is important”, Van Niekerk went on to say. “The event establishes a professional bond between the students and Corobrik at a young age, through both the exceptional bricklaying training conducted by Ishmael Rothman, the Bricklayer Training School Coordinator and the introduction to Corobrik’s products provided by Architectural Sales Representatives Siyanda Mapekula and Werner Oelofse.”
“This ensured that they are familiar with Corobrik products now, so that Corobrik maintains its reputation in their young minds as a leader in its field for their future projects when employed in the landscaping and constructing industry. Siyanda Mapekula from Corobrik attended the event and concurred saying that it is important to build relationships with students early so they learn all the bricks available to them and know and trust Corobrik products for and into their construction and landscaping futures.”
Christine Price from CPUT said that the initial aim of the construction week was to provide a practical experience of landscape architecture - from design to construction.
“The practical process is helpful to many of our students in demonstrating the reality of working in the landscape field,” she said. “Every year the construction week challenges students, not only in terms of skill development but also attitudes, motivation and problem-solving.”
This sentiment was echoed by one of the participating students who said, “It was such an enjoyable week. I loved what I was doing. It made me feel more interested and believe that landscaping is what I can do best and my attitude to all the hard work is now positive because I have experienced real landscaping as opposed to before. I used to see pictures in books about what landscaping is – now I feel like I actually touched it.”