Summer display shows off students' talents

14th May 2013 4:33pm - Return to press releases

Construction students at East Riding College have brightened up their campus with a summer display of bespoke garden furniture.
The joinery learners designed and built items including a gazebo, shed, dog kennel, potting benches, arbour and seating benches, and put them on display in the entrance atrium at the Bridlington campus.
The activity was part of the College’s enterprise entitlement, in which students are encouraged to develop the skills that will help them succeed in the workplace and make a success of going into self-employment. 

Head of construction Ian Frear said: “This project gave learners an insight into some of the skills essential to being a self-employed joiner.
“They had to design and cost up the projects themselves, building in an element of profit, and then assemble them to a very high standard.
 “Normally, learners will practice their skills by building something and then dismantling it so this kind of activity – making something permanent – is great for their self-esteem.”

The majority of the items, with prices ranging from £5 to £700, have already been snapped up by members of staff at the College but a number are still available to buy.
Proceeds from the sales will be put towards extra-curricular activities and a proportion will go to charity.

Ben Owram, 18, from Filey, said: “This was a great activity to be involved in because it was a real live project that you would be doing in the future at work.”
Nathan Percival, 18, from Bridlington, said: “The opportunity to do something real has given me the chance to explore a different kind of employment route that I hadn’t thought about before.”

For more information about products available to buy or to order an item, email alex.sheldon@eastridingcollege.ac.uk or peter.taylor@eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037 and ask for Alex or Peter.

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For more information about this press release, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 390720 or email matthew.croshaw@eastridingcollege.ac.uk