Ebbsfleet Academy students redecorate local community asset!

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council funded a project that saw local Ebbsfleet Academy students make a positive impact on their community.

A group of Year 11 students renovated the Pavilion Community Centre. Over four days the group painted three of the five changing rooms as well as the referee’s room. The young people were supported and coached by experienced industry volunteers from local employers Anderson Group and Bell Group, and did a fantastic job of completely transforming the rooms at the community centre.

“The best part of the project was all the team work. Things like this helps you prepare for the future” Project Participant.

We believe that it’s crucial to give young people the chance to engage with employers and understand the various pathways to employment, particularly for those young people whom are less suited to academic study. Practical experiences like this project can help young people to engage with their education by relating school study to the world of work and giving young people ambitious and realistic career aspirations.

Following the programme, students interested in pursuing a construction career will be given long-term one-to-one support by the Trust, with the aim of achieving successful post-16 transitions from education into their future careers.

“We believe that all young people should have the chance to benefit from the wide range of careers available in the construction and built environment sector, yet young people are not always aware of the career and development opportunities available to them. Projects like the renovation of the community centre, in partnership with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council, give young people the chance to discover the breadth of careers in construction, try their hand at the practical skills under the watchful eye of relatable industry mentors, and get inspired about their potential future carers.” Carol Lynch, Chief Executive Construction Youth Trust.