Workshops help Swinton students build skills - and seats for their mates

Workshops help Swinton students build skills - and seats for their mates

By Michael Upton | 14/01/2019

Workshops help Swinton students build skills - and seats for their mates
Frankie Watford, Jack Banks, Bailey Kenworthy, Ben Foster, Zamir Azram (VIY Wickes mentor) and Niven Matthewman.

STUDENTS have been using new-found skills to transform their school’s outdoor spaces.

Year 9 and 10 pupils at Swinton Academy constructed benches, tables and two football goals as part of a project backed by DIY superstore Wickes.

The Volunteer It Yourself project (VIY) helps young people to learn trades and building skills on the job by committing to support students in making outdoor furniture that can be used in the academy grounds.

The 12-week project saw the students mentored by professional tradespeople,  completing two in-class workshops and taking part in one-day on-the-job work experience. 

Swinton Academy’s assistant principal, James Graham, said: “The students involved in the workshops are very proud to have made something which will be used by fellow pupils.

“They have learnt about skill development and career opportunities in the building and construction sector, developed wider employability skills such as increased self-confidence and teamwork. 

“It has been a unique experience for the students to gain on-the-job experience volunteering and working alongside Wickes mentors.”

Principal Rebecca Hibberd aims to develop links with more businesses and organisations to help students build their skills, revealing that those potentially lined up include Boeing, Mears Construction, the RAF, Sea Cadets and Sheffield Hallam University. 
 




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