The Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) has invested £15,000 for the creation of a construction skills site and hair and beauty salon at Chaucer School.
Complete with workbenches, tools and equipment for undertaking jobs such as plastering, joinery and tiling, the construction facility is offering pupils the opportunity to learn key skills from trained professionals.
The hair and beauty area has been kitted out just like a salon with hair washing basins, chairs, mirrors and all the equipment required for hairstyling.
Head teacher Scott Burnside said:
“We have found that both of these learning environments have had a stabilising effect on the behaviour of the pupils that use them, as well as raising aspirations and helping them to develop an understanding of what it is to be successful.”
Kieron Clinton, 13, said:
“My behaviour in school was maybe not as good as it could have been but working on the plastering and tiling in the construction skills area has really helped me to improve this. I look forward to the lessons and it has been good to learn how to do these jobs, as it is something I would like to do in the future.”
SHC has said that there are plans to expand on the success of both initiatives.
The support follows a similar donation from the partnership last year for the Class of Your Own initiative. This enabled students to experience, at first hand, the roles and responsibilities involved in bringing a large scale construction project to completion.
Sheffield Housing Company – a joint venture between the city council, developer Keepmoat and landlord Great Places – is building 2,300 new properties for sale, shared ownership and rent, over a period of 15 years. Sites in Parson Cross and Norfolk Park are currently underway.