Foundation Studies students put their flat pack skills to the test

Foundation students from Truro and Penwith College have put their flat pack skills to the test with a recent challenge from B&M.

The Access to Inclusive Learning (ASL) students recently tried their hand at building a number of flat pack furniture items sold by the homeware store, which when finished will be used as display items within the 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 the current measures in place, this year’s students were unable to carry out their work experience in person, so Poole B&M store Manager Chris Leftbridge decided to set them a new challenge. Chris tasked the students with building a number of flatpack furniture items that are sold within the store.

The students eagerly took on the challenge and used their skills to build the items sent by Chris, which included a small bookshelf and a cube unit.

They enjoyed lots of different elements of the building process, including working within a team and using a variety of tools, such as a screwdriver, which they hadn’t used before. Student Rowan shared:

I really enjoyed doing something new and working with my friends in a team

student Rowan

Personal Tutor Karen Wannell, who teaches the class of students, was really impressed with what the students achieved, ‘I’m really proud of the work our students have done and want to say a massive thank you to Chris for supplying the furniture for the students to build. It’s been really great especially as the student aren’t currently able to work in the store at the moment’.

The students hard work isn’t over just yet, as Chris plans to task the students with building new furniture items on a weekly basis, with the flatpacks getting increasingly difficult each week. The students are definitely up to the challenge.