Cardiff Pupil Referral Units

16 August 2023

Working in partnership with Cardiff Council and construction contractor Centregreat, we worked through the Cardiff Commitment to help boost ambition and skills in young people according to the needs and opportunities within industries, like construction, on their doorstep in Wales.

Their ambition is to provide sustained work experience opportunities and engagement with employers, rather than ad hoc visits. We delivered three one day workshops at Greenhill School, a Special School in Cardiff, supporting students who may have struggled in mainstream education through behaviour, special educational needs and/or experienced trauma in their lives.

XX students were supported by a VIY Lead Mentor to learn carpentry skills, in order to build wooden furniture to improve their own school environment, and boost their learning/aspirations outside of mainstream education.

All materials were donated by Travis Perkins Cardiff South.

One student said:

“I initially thought today was going to be stupid and a waste of my time. Now I’ve made the bench I’m thinking it was 100% worth my time. I have actually learnt something new. Today has given me purpose and I’ve socialised too.”

See what hands-on work experience means to Greenhill School

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