GALLERY: Wisbech students try out everything from bricklaying to plumbing as part of prestigious award

Megan Pehl mixing paint

Megan Pehl mixing paint - Credit: Archant

STUDENTS at a Wisbech School have moved a step closer to completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Tonicha Patterson fixing a fuse board

Tonicha Patterson fixing a fuse board - Credit: Archant

A group of 14 and 15-year-olds from Marshland High School completed a DIY course at The College of West Anglia Isle Campus as part of their DofE Bronze award skills section.

The participants tried their hand at brick laying, painting and decorating, plumbing and home electrical skills under the careful supervision of tutors at the college and DofE staff, who gave up their time to organise the course.

Stuart Spiteri-Nobbs, lead construction tutor and DofE volunteer, said “It is really marvellous to see so much enthusiasm from young people.

“It is particularly encouraging to see so many young women getting stuck in. Some of them have a rear flair for decorating and design.”

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Tony Lucas, Marshland High School DofE co-ordinator, said: “Many of the young people aren’t aware of what opportunities are available right on their doorstep.

“This course has not only given them hands on experience, but it has also highlighted training opportunities and potential career paths.

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“I would like to say a massive thank you to the staff at CWA for giving up their time and to the senior management for agreeing support for the course.”

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