Two Huddersfield brothers are building new careers for themselves on a huge development in their home town.
The pair from Shelley are making the most of the chance to forge a career in construction.
The 7,500 sq metre, six-storey building is being developed in a prime campus location opposite Shorehead roundabout.
The £27.5m building will provide a new home for the university’s law school and the school of music, humanities and media.
It will also link into the Student Central building which was completed in 2014, at a cost of £22.5m.
Lee, 26, has a full-time position as a trainee site engineer which includes day release to Leeds College of Building.
He said: “It’s a great opportunity and I’m proud to be playing my part in creating this amazing building in my home town.
“I started on the site first and heard there was a need for extra staff on the brickwork. I encouraged Owen to apply and he landed the job.
“I’m going to get as much out of it as I can then transfer these skills around the world which would be great as I’d like to work somewhere with better weather.”
Owen, 25, is employed by the sub-contractor delivering brickwork.
“Before this, I was self-employed working with small established builders,” he said.
“To progress, I needed to have the necessary documentation to match my experience and qualifications to work on larger sites.
“I’m working towards that now and the opportunity is fantastic. Lee helped me get a foot on the ladder and I was taken on within 24 hours of applying. I’m setting myself up for the future.”
The Oastler Building is due to be completed in 2017.