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Bricks and mortar build a brighter future
Keywords Construction industry, Schools, Partnering
Bricklaying, painting, welding, woodwork and electrical skills are being taught in a successful bid to tackle truancy and help older pupils who have been excluded from school. The initiative is helping pupils who have suffered mental and physical abuse, drug addiction and involvement in juvenile crime.
Working in partnership with Bradford Council the Construction Industry Training Board and the Keighley Single Regeneration Budget Board, Keighley College remotivates young people, aged 14 to 16. Mark Curtis, of the college, said:
The language we use in the programme is that of the world of work. We encourage students to build something from day one, as with accomplishment comes the self-esteem and pride that these individuals so often need to progress.
The fact that the individuals are in an adult environment, training alongside post-16-year-old students, helps them to make the transition from failing at school to succeeding in training or employment.