To further learners development and their enjoyment of painting and decorating Stephen Delary the Painting and Decorating tutor and our work placement officer Neil Spears took the students to The Ricoh Arena in Coventry where they explored the different stands and activities available to get involved with. The trip was started by the learners traveling to the arena which for some was a new experience as some had never been on a train before. When arriving at the Arena the students was able to see all different types of materials, equipment and the paint that is used in the industry. On the day there were demonstrations that show all the new equipment and techniques used in the industry. The students responded very well to the interaction with the professionals and were asking relevant and knowledgeable questions. The young painter of the year winner even spoke to our learners giving expert advice on how to improve their skills. The students really enjoyed the experience and the trip will be a yearly event for them to take part in.
We feel it is important to take the students on many different experiences and to reward our students for their hard work and dedication. The students were taken to Go Karting in February 2016 as part of their outreach activities that take place every few months. The students really enjoyed the activity racing each other and showing their competitive side.
Tutor Paul Hodgetts explained ‘The students were very well behaved, it was brilliant to see the students enjoying their selves and they deserved it’
The young people of Archway Academy had a trip to the NEC Birmingham to the skills show were they had the opportunity to talk about their ongoing training and career prospects and begin to talk to employers. “At the skills show I talked to employers about IT, which really helped me with deciding what I want to do in the future,” said Hamza Ali Shah.
Students took a trip to the good food show at The NEC Birmingham where students listened to interesting presentations and learned about food, culture and different flavours. “I liked on the trip. “It was fun and I tried different types of apples, “said Jake Malone.