Students from Bacons College, Compass School, University Academy of Engineering and City London Academy came to Construction Taster Days at the Trust’s workrooms.
Alongside trainers from Skills For Employment, students who attended the first activity day on the 18th of February worked collaboratively to create a large picnic bench that will be given to a local Southwark community space. Coming from a range of different schools the students had to form a cohesive team learning to work quickly and effectively together to build the bench. The day passed in a blur as the students threw themselves, safely, into the project finishing the day as a set of proficient picnic bench builders.
Activity day two on the 19th of February concentrated on giving the students a broader overview of trade professions as they developed skills in dry plastering, skirting board application and painting. Each student took ownership of their individual frame segment, practising the precision and patience needed to be an excellent decorator.
The two activity days, as well as being standalone experiences, could mark the beginning of a longer journey with the trust by acting as a taster day for our Budding Builders course which will be taking place in July.
The activity days, plus the Budding Builders course, have been made possible due to the generous funding of the Shaping Southwark's Future initiative compromised of British Land, United St Saviours and the Trust plus Children in Need’s large grant programme.