Three years ago the Skills Team began recruiting groups of young people, aged 13-16, from Royton and Crompton School who were at risk of underachieving or leaving school without qualifications. For half a day a week, the team worked solidly with the youngsters to improve their behaviour, performance and achievement at school through a series of building skills in construction, accredited by the WJEC exam board.
- To develop skills in construction – joinery, brickwork, painting, decorating and health and safety.
- To improve behaviour towards learning and progression.
- To develop confidence and independence in using their skills.
- To gain qualifications to support their progress after school.
Process & Results
Groups worked with the Skills Team on a weekly basis for half a day per week. During this time they trained the group in the Shaw Road basement methodically to build skills in joinery, plastering, painting and decorating with precision and accuracy. Each element of the training encompassed feedback and reports, allowing individuals to clearly see their progression and areas for improvement.
Their final qualification will be the equivalent to a GCSE, with those involved gaining either a Level 1 or 2 in Constructing the Built Environment Award from WJEC.
The various elements of the course involved two years of guided practise with a final year of independent involvement.
The course covered: plastering/plaster boarding; joinery first fix (constructing stud walls); joinery second fix (constructing skirting boards, architrave and doorframes; manual handling and health and safety – two compulsory elements.
Working with young people, keeping it varied to keep them engaged Keeping the basement area segregated in order for the YP to work safely and uninterrupted.
Partners: Royton and Crompton
To ensure that all the skills the young people have learnt fits in with the learning and skills agenda that has been set out.
From the top: a wall built by the team. Bottom: work in progress – the team has built their own version of the Loch Ness Monster.