Trainees in Manchester get creative in carpentry course

Young Trafford locals build planters and bird houses in a recent Mobile Classroom course with the Trust

The young people aged between 14 and 30 from Trafford recently completed a 12-week Mobile Classroom course with the Trust funded by Sale West Community Urban Trust.  The trainees undertook a Level 1 Open College Network (OCN) accredited course in Carpentry & Joinery in which they covered constructing to drawings, measuring and cutting, cutting mortise and tenon joints using a range of woordworking hand tools and using different types of woods. 

The young people constructed large wooden planters, some of which were installed at the at the Sale West Community Centre in Trafford, where the course took place, and some were donated to a local school where where they will be installed by school pupils with help from the trainees.  The young people also constructed smaller wooden planters and bird boxes which they took home at the end of the course.

The trainees all began the course with little or no previous construction or joinery experience, and have now gained a whole new set of skills to take with them into the future.  Course trainee Daniel commented 'I enjoyed learning a lot of new skills that will help me in the future'. The course has given them an insight into what it would be like to have a career in construction, and some have been applying for apprenticeships, and some keen to continue their construction learning with further education.