25 Jun

This week many of the students at the college have either been sitting their English and Maths Functional Skills assessments or doing some last minute preparations for the coming exams that are scheduled to take place next week. The staff team and students have worked extremely hard and I know that they all will do themselves proud.

Our job coach Diane has the latest news from one of our placement providers, Avro FC..

I am delighted to update you on one of our students, Jermaine. He will be starting at Avro FC in August on a voluntary basis 4 days a week working with Ged to maintain the grounds and also helping out on match days. Jermaine went to the match last Saturday and lent a hand, Ged said he was a good help on the day and is looking forward to working with him.

Well, I’ll start with the glorious weather which has enabled our students to work outdoors. This week it’s been overalls to the ready as the students have made a start on painting the office..

..cleared all the litter around the grounds and car park and swept the stands..

The football season is about to start for Avro and everyone is working tirelessly and there are lots of volunteers around the grounds. Our students have also contributed to making sure the changing rooms, bar area, litter bins, equipment and grounds are tidy and up and running ready for match days.

The students have worked exceptionally hard this week – the changing rooms have had a makeover and been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised..

..and the students have repaired and put up new stadium advertising around the pitch..

The bar area has also had a makeover and again the students cleaned, mopped and made sure all tables were sanitised.

Later in the week, the students made a start on another area that needs sprucing up, the main stand, which requires sanding/scraping and painting..

This is a huge job which will take up most of our time and next week we have a couple more students coming to help with the workload. I have to say the students have worked really well as a team and completed all the tasks, I hope it continues for the summer. It is also nice to see them chilled and listening to music, happy to bask in the sunshine on their breaks.

We had a visit from Phil Arnold this week and he congratulated the lads on their efforts. Ged and Charlie also commented on their commitment and thanked them for making a difference to our club and doing jobs at a moment’s notice. Once again a big thank you to all our students who helped this week, you have been amazing!

Joshua is another student who has been working hard at his placement, as our job coach Tisha explains..

Joshua continues his placement at David Lloyd Clubs, Manchester North. He has become an established part of the Food and Beverage team, helping to serve customers their meals and maintain the cleanliness of the pot wash area.

It’s been really nice to see Joshua grow in confidence and settle into his role with independence. He is popular serving members of the club their meals… a group of ladies had asked to be served by him and he was missed when he was unable to attend placement one day this week.

Joshua is thriving and becoming more and more flexible, completing different work tasks on placement. In the next few weeks Joshua will learn more cleaning tasks in order to master new skills within the housekeeping department. Here a few pictures of Joshua on placement, working with Kath the chef in the cafe..

..serving customers their meals..

He makes sure all the high chairs are thoroughly cleaned for the children to use..

..and keeps the children’s area tidy, wiping down the tables and the hard surfaces of the chairs…

Well done Joshua, keep up the good work.

Can I remind you of the need to continue to twice weekly lateral flow test – with the increase in rates it is so important now more then ever that we continue to keep ourselves and others in the college safe.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Jaina and the Team

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