Pupils in the EEU and Years 10 and 11 at Muntham House have the opportunity to undertake a construction course. They have access to a specialist workshop set up to allow pupils to work in a trade skills environment to undertake tasks such plastering, decorating, bricklaying, carpentry, maintenance tasks and jobs around the school site.
Pupils undertake a range of tasks learning about the use of hand and power tools and safe working practices in the construction environment and life skills.
Pupils have the opportunity to undertake accredited vocations skill courses in construction, undertaking AQA Unit Awards, then progressing to the Open Awards qualification. Pupils do projects in construction and trade skills, such as carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, decorating and plastering.
The Unit Award Scheme is designed to motivate, encourage, engage, support and raise self-esteem and reward achievement which might otherwise go unrecognised, e.g. small steps or non-mainstream subjects. Each time a unit is achieved, a Unit Award Certificate is issued. This lists all the outcomes, i.e. all the knowledge, skills and/or experiences completed as detailed on the unit.
Units can include Erecting a fence, using power tools, introduction to carpentry, an introduction to brick laying, fitting a door, laying a path, health and safety, painting and decoration units. These can be tailored to the individual’s needs and interests.
The Open Awards Qualification allow pupils to build on their knowledge and undertake units in Personal Action Planning, Health and Safety, Employability and CV writing and an introduction to Carpentry and joinery to achieve an Entry 3 qualification.
The aim is to develop the types of skills, knowledge and understanding that might lead to potential employment in the trades or come in handy as DIY skills at home, helping save money and take care of a future home.