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Three Year 11 pupils have benefitted from a weekly one day placement with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group as part of a work related learning development programme.

The scheme is giving Anthony Morris, Shane McDaid and Nathan Pollard both a taste of what real life’s all about, providing them with a great chance to experience the working environment and developing the skills they’re going to need for the future.

The boys are learning all aspects of construction and they are taking a level 2 qualification in construction which they are on track to complete in one year. This will be a significant achievement as in school qualifications of this type usually take two years.

The boys’ learning is a combination of practical on site building skills at a variety of locations in Wythenshawe together with classroom work at Parkway Green House in Northenden.

Antony, Shane and Nathan will finish their placement in June of this year and hopefully, subject to interview, go on to a four year apprenticeship with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.

“Anthony, Shane and Nathan attend the Gateway Project every Wednesday focusing on developing their practical skills and studying for a level 2 diploma in Construction,” explained Mr Mike Whiteside, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “The boys’ commitment can be seen in the fact that even during the school holidays, the boys attend the project and continue with their learning.”

Mr Whiteside continued: “We are working closely with the employers and appreciate the role they play in improving the employment prospects of young people and creating the highly skilled workforce this country needs. The training provides a real progression opportunity and is often the first step on the ladder to successful employment for some pupils; employers have the opportunity to identify and engage with promising talent and the students have the opportunity to make a more informed choice about what career is right for them and demonstrate to future employers how they have applied their studies to the world of work.”

“The placements are designed to give pupils experience of working life and the key skills needed in the workplace,” added Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We are very grateful to those employers who are kind enough to offer our pupils such a valuable experience. In addition to the excellent opportunity to develop skills and see what work is really like, the placements result in increased self-confidence, self-knowledge, motivation and independence and allow the students to develop their communication skills.”

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