Construction Year 9 students have started on their Construction course at South Molton Community College. The college runs the course as part of its BTEC qualifications to allow pupils to experience work related learning whilst still in school. The funding for the construction unit was part of a local authority practical funding initiative and was coordinated by Mike Colton the area coordinator for the North Devon Partnership of Schools and Colleges.
“The option choice had proved very popular and is oversubscribed by students at the College which indicates the need for such provision. It is important that the curriculum is needs led and even with the construction qualification students can still leave the College with qualifications that lead to the English Baccalaureate, for example to enable them to have a wide range of choices still open to them when they leave the College at the end of year 11.” Andrew Finney . Principal.
The pupils will have the opportunity to sample brick-laying, carpentry, electrical installation and plumbing whilst on the course. The work shop is the latest addition to the college and was completed last year ready for the new course to start as of September. Both students and parents have been very positive about the introduction of more work related learning and the benefits it can bring.