A carpentry taster day for North Kent students!

Students from our North Kent partnership schools Thamesview and Leigh UTC got an immersive insight into practical roles within the construction and built environment industry on the Skills Bus over their half-term break!

Delivered in partnership with Lawson and supported by Skills for Employment, the action packed days involved students in Years 10 and 11 being tasked to work together to build a picnic bench. This activity is a great way of introducing students to trade roles they might not have considered before. Particularly for young people who feel uninspired by academic study, discovering practical roles that better suit their skills and interests can be a great way of getting them excited about their futures.

The activities were supported by two apprentices from Taylor Wimpey, and students got the chance to ask questions throughout the day about the apprenticeship route and the trade side of the industry. Being able to engage with relatable role models who are succeeding in rewarding jobs having taken non-traditional routes into their career was really motivating for the students.

Over the two days, the two industry volunteers were really impressed with the skill and willingness to learn demonstrated by our young people. When given the chance to shine, the students really stepped up to the plate and ended up with a finished product they could be proud of!