The Access to Inclusive Learning (ASL) students recently tried their hands at prepping a room for painting and decorating with products kindly donated by the homeware store's Poole branch.
As part of the course, students are usually expected to complete a terms worth of work experience at the store. This experience is an invaluable part of the course as students get to learn a number of important employability skills such as understanding how to work with other colleagues, how to rotate stock, counting stock and responding to basic customer queries.
Unfortunately due to covid restrictions, this year’s students were unable to carry out their work experience in person, so Poole B&M store Manager Chris Leftbridge set them a series of challenges over the year, which has allowed the students’ to continue to develop their skills.
In their most recent challenge, Chris tasked the students with decorating a room using painting and decorating materials that were kindly donated from the store.
The students eagerly took on the challenge and carried out several tasks such as sanding, varnishing, and painting in a spare room at the College’s Tregye campus.
The students enjoyed lots of different elements of the process, including working within a team and using a variety of tools, such as a paint brushes and sandpaper, which they hadn’t used before. They also learnt about the importance of health and safety within the workplace.
Chris shared that he was more than happy to donate the materials to the students and was pleased with the final result: “I’ve worked with Karen and the students for the past 3 years and we’ve built a great partnership, not only teaching the students but giving them opportunities they wouldn’t normally have. I think they did a fantastic job”.