Chapel-en-le-Frith High School

Completed: 2018
Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire
Region: East Midlands
Other local partners: The Careers & Enterprise Company, Wickes Macclesfield

About the project

Chapel-en-le-Frith School is one of 100 secondary schools across England that took part in VIY’s Mentoring Programme, supported by The Careers & Enterprise Company, since 2017.

The Mentoring Programme is targeted at students in Years 8-11 and designed to develop early awareness of the building and construction sector as a relevant and rewarding career pathway. The programme typically involved three interactions for students over one term with their VIY Mentors: two introductory skills workshops and then an on-site building project, identified/nominated by the students.

At Chapel-en-le-Frith, 34 students were selected by their teachers to participate, and for their project the students decided to renovate the school allotment. This included the building of new raised beds/planters and potting benches, and improving wheelchair access. Over two days each student completed 12 Guided Learning Hours working with their Mentors, successfully achieving an Entry Level 3 City & Guilds carpentry accreditation in the process.

Pre and post evaluation revealed that the students, in addition to developing new vocational trade skills, had also increased their confidence levels across seven key softer employability skills over the course of the programme, including teamwork and expressing their ideas and opinions.

We would love to take part again in the programme next year. The students really enjoyed themselves, working outdoors and learning practical skills on a project of real value to the school as well to themselves. And special thanks to the mentors. They were fantastic and delivered a really positive experience for the students. Lesley Evans, Careers Coordinator, Chapel-en-le-Frith School