During the October half term Year 10 and Year 11 UTC students had the fantastic opportunity to work alongside the Construction Youth Trust. The work experience gave our students the opportunity to immersive insight into practical roles within the construction and built environment industry on the Skills Bus.
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 was a great way of introducing students to trade roles they might not have considered before.
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 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 at The Leigh UTC. 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!
The picnic bench was produced to a high quality and will be placed within the local community.
A big thank you to Construction Youth and Lawson for the fantastic and safe opportunity they gave our students.
Quote from Construction Youth regarding our students:
It is a pleasure to work alongside the team at The Leigh UTC , supporting their students to discover a broad range of industry roles suited to their interests and to develop the skills required to achieve their career goals. We were incredibly impressed with the students’ attitude and motivation (turning up to school during their half term break!) and the improvement in their practical skills by the end of the day was testament to all their hard work.’
Donna Jones, Senior Programme Manager Construction Youth Trust