Our workshop with several saws also offers a great opportunity to work alongside other people their own age from other areas of the North East.
Practical vocational experience
Through framework agreements with North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council and Newcastle City Council, we support students to work towards, or in some cases, gain City & Guilds (6217-05) in Construction, Carpentry and Joinery. Our courses are designed as an introduction to woodworking skills for students who wish to develop their ability as either a Carpenter or Joiner.
As well as a very practical vocational experience, we offer students the opportunity to work in an environment that supports their personal growth and development. Our expertise is based round working with the uniqueness of each individual. As a result, we tend to attract those students who are experiencing difficulty in mainstream education and who present with behavioural challenges or Individual Care Plans.
Developing practical skills
We place a great emphasis on developing practical skills in our pastoral work. These include:
- using mortice and tenon,
- creating centre bridle,
- halving dovetail biscuit and loose tongue,
- and three dowel joints.
As part of their curriculum students choose a project to complete during their time. Examples include PlayStation unit; bookshelf; photo frames; key holders and much more. Generally students choose something personal to them and they are supported then to design and build over the duration of their time with us.
Progress is measured not just on the practical elements of the course and the vocational skills being developed, but on the emotional and social development of the student during the duration of their stay. Students are encouraged to integrate with other communities using the centre wherever possible and can enjoy hot food from our community cafe.
Here’s what some of our students think about working with us:
“I don't like school, but would happily come here five days a week. The staff are great and I get to learn loads and design and build stuff that I need - like a cupboard for my x-box.”
“I feel really confident when I'm here and my days fly by too quick.”
Come and have a go and see what you think
We offer taster sessions to give students who are thinking about joining the project a sense of what it’s like. This includes the activities they will undertake and how they can engage with others to broaden their working and social skills. Everything we do is designed to empower independence.
T: 0191 341 0033
If you’re a school and would benefit from a visit before placing a student, you’re welcome to come and have a tour and to speak with us about how we manage relationships between students, their families and schools.