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Students ‘brush up’ on DIY

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Published by Rebecca Mills for Longhurst Group in Communities and also in Education

Before and after shots of the canteen area Before and after shots of the canteen area

A group of 12 students in Year 10 at Rushden Community College have been brushing up on their decorating skills at Lunar Training on the outskirts of Oundle.

Working with Spire Homes, Keepmoat Property Services and Lunar Training, the students worked tirelessly last week (14th – 18th July) to spruce up a canteen area in the training centre. Some of the students were already doing apprenticeship courses in mechanics with Lunar Training so knew the canteen could use a little TLC.

One of these students was Connor, “Before we worked on it, the canteen was a bit of a dump really. I enjoy coming here after school to do a mechanics course and it was nice to be able to do something a bit different from a normal week at school. I’ve learnt a lot.”

Other students took the opportunity to develop their skills because of their interest in design and construction. Jodie, who is doing DT at school, said, “It’s been really interesting, to see what goes in to doing up somewhere. We’ve been filling, sanding, glossing, painting; there was lots to do and I’ve really enjoyed it! I’d like to get a job doing this kind of work in the future so it’s been good to take part in this.”

Tracey Frohawk, Learning and Resources Centre Manager at Rushden Community College who helped organise the project said, “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Keepmoat and Spire Homes on this project. We’ve had a real mix of students helping out and they’ve worked well as a group to get this canteen up to scratch. The students have really excelled and should feel really proud of themselves.”

“We’re really keen to help youngsters develop their skills and show them they can achieve a lot if they set their mind to it as part of our community investment work with Spire Homes” said Julie Baker, Community Liaison Manager at Keepmoat who organised the week long project. “By taking part in a short project like this each of the students will have something really positive to put on their CV but we’ve also been able to expand their views about work, getting them to grips with how diverse companies can be and let them know they can aim high; they may start off at the bottom in an apprenticeship role but that shouldn’t stop them wanting to work their way up the ladder.”

To celebrate their work, the group enjoyed a visit from the Mayor of Rushden, Richard Lewis and Spire Homes Chairman, John Farrar before they tucked into some well-deserved fish and chips.

Spire Homes Chairman, John Farrar, said “Everyone here has done a fantastic job. I’m very proud that Spire Homes are continuing to work with Keepmoat to support local communities and in this case, young people. It’s really important that we provide opportunities for people to develop their skills and this has clearly been a very popular project that everyone can be proud of.”

Mayor of Rushden, Richard Lewis added, “It’s great to see youngsters coming on a course like this and see that they’ve obviously enjoyed it. This is a good way for them to help move on to work from college. It just shows you what young people can achieve when you give them a positive job to do.”

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