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Skills for Work students manufacture goal posts for newly opened Camphill pitch

As part of their commitment to working with the local community, enthusiastic mechanical engineering students from SERC have worked tirelessly throughout the term to design and construct goal posts for the new Camphill pitch at Holywood, as part of their studies.

The students who study the level 2 training for success qualification designed, fabricated and constructed the goal posts for the pitch which were recently installed at their new home. Camphill is an integrated therapeutic residential community for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities.

The refurbished, multi-purpose pitch could only have happened thanks to a generous donation from local woman, Mrs Sheila Palmer, in memory of her husband William who passed away in January 2015.

The Mechanical Engineering students put their specialist skills to good use which pleased everyone at Camphill, including Principal, Vincent Reynolds. Vincent thanked SERC for the excellent work delivered by their students under tutor William Henderson.

“It is a true work of craft, skills and art. I would like to thank the College and Williams team who have worked tirelessly to build these bespoke posts to our needs. They really do look amazing and the quality of the work that has gone into them is evident. Everything has been hand crafted and finished to the highest standard of craftsmanship. We would not have had the funding to undertake this work by ourselves, we really can’t thank the students enough” said Vincent.

The goalposts manufactured by the students will play a vital role in facilitating sports that will supplement a harmonious and more cohesive community. SERC Project Leader William Henderson who assisted the students throughout the two-week project explains: “As the trainees did not have an employer, community projects such as this allow the students to gain the additional skills they need to get the career they want. Therefore, students still get the much-needed industry experience which is vital when seeking employment.”

As the students began working on the project, they realised it would be more challenging than first thought. Throughout the project the students ensured a high level of accuracy to detail was put in and used specialist skills to the best of their ability.

SERC provides a range of apprenticeships designed to give students ‘the edge’. To find out how SERC can help you ‘get the edge’ call 0345 600 7555, visit www.serc.ac.uk or find us on Facebook, search: SERC.


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