week commencing 13/02/17
It’s been a busy week on the Study Programme, as both groups completed their BKSB Functional Skills lessons. They have all been practising hard taking mock exams, to make sure they had the best-possible chances of success on the real tests. All students on the programme had the benefit of tailored support from tutors, with everyone doing well. Over the course of the next week, we will be doing our best to move students up to the next level, to help them take their studies forward.
Group One has also been completing their Health and Safety in Construction Environment unit, in preparation for them receiving their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. Students have been working very hard and are showing real enthusiasm as they move through the programme. Going forward, we’re in high hopes that they will carry this through.
week commencing 21/11/16
The students commenced their work experience placement painting a staircase for a new flat in Kimberworth. The job was finished within 3 days. The students managed to plan travel arrangements before the placement and managed to get there on time they have managed to take responsibility for any future roles they want in the future.
week commencing 28/11/16
The group one students started the joinery unit and were busy learning basic joints in the classroom as well as the workshop. Feedback was good from all students and they said they were really excited to get started and were looking forward to learning more! Arbaz in particular said this was already his favourite unit and that he would choose to do this as a future trade.
The second group have just began cutting in for their painting, in preparation for creating their stencil designs and patterns. All students had got stuck in creating their designs and worked well together as a team.
week commencing 5/12/2016
The group two study programme has been finishing off its Christmas designs using stencils – which all of the students have really enjoyed. We’ve also had very good feedback from tutors and other members of staff of the quality of work which is really positive.
Group one has been continuing with the joinery unit and has nearly completed most of the basic joints. Arbaz has made good progress on his stool and is hoping to finish this with a seat by next week. Whilst Joshua and Reece are still perfecting their shaping and cutting in preparation for assembling once it’s completed.
week commencing 12/12/16
This week the Group 2 study programme students have been busy painting Health and Safety related designs on the wall from the help of Mick Appleyard our new tutor. The designs were created to help reinforce the importance of the use of PPE and how to conduct yourself within the workplace. The students have done a really good job carefully filling in the drawings and the finished result looks impressive. Group 2 is still finishing the individual stools. The Group is looking forward to the Christmas break and ready to continue their progress in the new year!
week commencing 9/1/17
The study programme groups have made a good start to the new year and have both made good progress in their practical and theory lessons. Group 1 has made now begun their manual handling unit and has been busy completing all their theory based units. They have also been practising how to lift items and materials correctly and safely. We have also got two new students who have started this week and have been showing a lot of enthusiasm already. Jack has already said he would like to eventually move on towards an apprenticeship and hopefully work for Mears in the future.
Later on this week Group 2 has been busy completing the last tasks for their stool for their joinery unit. Reece has been very successful with his practical and just needs to finish varnishing his stool after he sands it down. We also had a camera man come into the centre to film the students during their practical lesson which the students seemed very excited about. They’ve been filmed to showcase the Aspire2Work programme promotional video which will be released in a few weeks time.
week commencing 16/1/17
This week the group 2 students have been completing their painting for their final week before they start their joinery unit. They have also been practicing their CV writing and cover letter skills during their functional skills lesson with our new tutor Jane Bird. All the students worked well creating the structure and personal profile for their CV in preparation for future after the course.
The group 1 study programme has also been busy helping two university placement students complete their own stool in joinery. The students have done really well showing all the skills they have learnt to teach the university students. Now that their joinery is complete they will be starting their workskills unit next week.
week commencing 23/1/17
The Group 1 students have started their WorkSkills unit this week and have learnt about the importance of team work. Their task is to complete a make shift kitchen from scratch which will include fitted units, floor tiles, a fitted door and wooden wall sections. Each student has been allocated a specific job role such as being responsible for the joinery, to the tiling or fitting of kitchen units. The group has worked really well as a team and seem to enjoy the responsibility of working on their specific task.
The group has also been practicing CV writing and cover letters. Some of the students have even applied for part-time roles to work alongside the programme so we are hoping they are successful! Group 2 is continuing the joinery unit and practicing all their basic joints.
week commencing 30/1/17
This week Group 1 has been completing their WorkSkills unit. They have been swapping roles between themselves of who will be taking charge as foreman or general worker. Brandon has done particularly well as the foreman showing really good leadership and has been very supportive to other team members. Brandon has said on his learning journals – “I have lifted the cupboards using the right lifting techniques from knowledge of manual handling”. They have now fitted most of the kitchen surfaces and are now putting in most of the cupboards. They will be starting their tiling next week for the kitchen if they manage to work well enough together finishing off all the shelving. Group 2 has also now managed to complete their joints for the joinery unit to a good standard.