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Fancy turning your school into a Trade School?

May 8, 2018


We are offering three primary schools in Cherwell the opportunity to host the fantastic 'Trade School', a hands-on learning experience that gives pupils the chance to learn about what it's like to be a bricklayer, using real bricks, mortar and site tools......all from within their own school environment!


'Trade School' is the brainchild of Richard Francis, Director of Wain & Francis Ltd who are a housebuilder based in Witney.  The programme allows pupils to get hands on with real site materials, as well as learn about tools, materials and Health & Safety in a construction environment. An underlying theme for Trade School is the use of the story of the Three Little Pigs….and we all know what smart piggie built his house from!


The Trade School concept and programme was developed by Richard, who has employed construction apprentices for over a decade. Like us, Richard is concerned that construction, an essential part of our economy, is overlooked by so many young people and their parents as a possible, highly skilled, in-demand, career.  With the demand for new houses at record levels in Cherwell, and an ever-increasing skills shortage within the industry, we believe that we need to spark and harness interest in construction in children from a young age in order to deliver those houses in the coming years and decades.  We believe Trade School is one very effective way of doing that.


Richard has delivered Trade School in a number of primary and secondary schools across Oxfordshire (such as the session below at The Grange Primary School in Banbury), and we are offering three schools in the district the opportunity to host their own session.  All  tools and materials are provided by Richard (including those heavy duty tarpaulin covers for the floor!).  


We have written to all schools asking for expressions of interest by 5pm on 31st May 2018.






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