Wickes transforms into a classroom

Published:  25 March, 2013

Pupils from an East Staffordshire secondary school learnt more about becoming a tradesperson when they visited Wickes in Burton.

Stuart Maxwell, subject leader for technology, supervised the 17-strong group of 14 and 15-year-olds who are taking part in a BTEC construction course.

Store manager Kully Gill said: “The visit aimed to provide the students with a link to understanding how tradesmen are treated by merchants, and to learning about risk management and heath and safety principles in the workplace.

“There was also a session on learning how to work out measurements to tile a bathroom, and another detailing the products they may need to complete the job. The event was set up for them to learn about the relationships between trade merchants and builders.”

Dean Willis from Wickes helped the students learn about a room project and how to select the best products. Mr Gill presented a session on health and safety principles in the workplace and the link to the job of a tradesman.

Mark Middleton hosted a session on risk management in the workplace and on building sites and Luke Brittle, assistant branch manager from Travis Perkins, presented a session on how relationships are built with tradespeople and merchants.

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