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Irchester Cricket Club gets a makeover by students


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Our Painting and Decorating students have been involved in a nationwide initiative set up by the English Cricket Board (ECB).

The English Cricket Board (ECB) have partnered local colleges with cricket clubs to offer construction students valuable practical experience whilst they complete renovation and refurbishment projects at the cricket clubs. A total of 19 students studying at levels 1 and 2 in Painting and Decorating at our Corby campus have been actively transforming Irchester Cricket Club since Monday 13th April, after Northants Recreational Cricket Club contacted the college. Our students were able to put the knowledge and techniques they’d learnt at college into a practical workplace environment helping them gain confidence out of the classrooms and workshops.

The project is supported by Jewson who assists ECB with the purchase process for materials needed for the projects taking place at Cricket Clubs across the county. Jewson has provided Tresham with up to £2,500 in a special account to aid with the project our students are currently working on at Irchester Cricket Club as well as projects planned for the future at other local Cricket Clubs including Irthlingborough’s.

Students travelled to the cricket club each day for over a week of volunteering and valuable work experience to decorate a new building at Irchester Cricket Club which includes changing rooms. Level 3 Apprentices were also involved in the project who undertook a supervisory role as part of their qualification; they managed a small team in an area of the project and were responsible for health and safety, equipment and all site procedures whilst being observed by tutors.

Deputy Head of School for Construction, Craig Love said
the project has been much tougher than I even anticipated; it has been a lot of hard work and the students have done really well. I’m immensely proud of each and every one of the students that took part and this has been a new and exciting project to be involved with and we hope we’ll have the opportunity to be involved in other projects such as this”.

One of the students taking part in the project said
it’s been very hard work and extremely tiring but this work experience will look great on my CV and will hopefully help to land me a great job once I’ve finished my qualification. I’d love to do something like this again, it’s been great working as a team and we can’t wait to see the end result”.

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