‘Volunteer it Yourself’ challenges young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and employability skills through helping to fix local youth and community facilities in need of essential repairs and improvements.
Young people are mentored by professional tradespeople, and gain Entry Level City & Guilds trade skills accreditations, at the same time as developing broader employability skills. The majority of young people who take part are disengaged (or at risk of disengagement) from mainstream education and training, and/or unemployed.
Twelve St. Wilfrids Students in years 9 and 10 joined the VIY mentors to build wooden benches for outdoor community use. The students gained valuable life skills and produced some truly excellent work.
The project was sponsored by the Opportunities Area Fund and Wickes.