Building success by digging in
Aspiring students are laying down the building blocks for a future career in construction at a vocational training centre on Barkerend Road.
The premises were opened by aspire-igen group as part of their aspire2work study programme.
Trafford Quantrill-stott first arrived at the aspire2work programme feeling disillusioned and left behind. Throughout his GCSEs he felt that he hadn’t received the extra help and encouragement that he needed to overcome his personal barriers to learning.
Trafford found the smaller class sizes combined with the embedding of English and maths in context of his chosen profession helped him to relate the curriculum to every day life Trafford has thrived in the tactile environment where he is taught construction skills and techniques.
Whilst working towards construction qualifications Trafford also worked towards improving their English and maths throughout the programme.
One way in which the aspire2work team enthuse the students is by running the prestigious ‘Golden Trowel’ Award. The trowel presented to the students is a high quality Marshalltown trowel, these are kindly provided directly from the manufacturer.
The first winner of the ‘Golden Trowel’ Award was Trafford Quantrill-stott, paving the way for many more students to come.
“Trafford won the “golden Trowel” competition due to his commitment, dedication and hard work. Trafford has displayed exemplary standards throughout his course in regards to attendance and time keeping, attitude, work ethic and enthusiasm. He often works through his break time and always puts 100% into all tasks he is assigned. He is an absolute pleasure to teach and working with students like Trafford makes my job worth while.”
Jamie Barrett, Centre Coordinator at aspire2work
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