Collaboration with Wickes in Wisbech reaps rich rewards for Meadowgate students
Sixth Form students from Meadowgate Academy were given an insight into the working of a store by manager, Ian Perry-Tate of the Wickes store in Wisbech recently.
This was part of the Volunteer it Yourself programme where mentors from Wickes came to the school and worked with over 50 students to make wooden planters and wheelchair accessible work benches, the materials for which were all donated by Wickes.
The collaboration between the store and the school has reaped rich rewards for the students, who all have special needs. They have learnt new practical skills, learnt to use a variety of tools safely and appropriately, worked as a team, had to problem-solve, use their initiative and rely on their communication skills to get the job done.
Emma Bird, from Meadowgate said: "We have seen an increase in confidence, especially working with unfamiliar people. The store visits have been invaluable because it has completed the 'circle of supply' for the students, who could then appreciate where the materials came from and then how the store works in terms of logistics and setting out.
"As part of their employability studies, the students learnt about the job roles at the store and how having an additional need may not prevent them from aspiring to work in the retail/construction trade. We would like to thank Ian for his time and patience answering the many questions that the students and staff had! The Government are very keen for businesses and schools to link up and share knowledge in terms of careers guidance and this is a great example of employer engagement in action."