Back to school for carpentry students

Dudley College carpentry staff and students were called upon by Bromley Hills Primary School Foundation Unit in Kingswinford to help build them a very special hideaway for young children who attend the nursery attached to the school.

After raising money for materials to build the quiet den, Nursery Manager, Maggie Hickman contacted the college for help with designing and building the wooden structure. Students studying carpentry had all the skills required for the project and were soon on site at the school erecting the den. Carpentry students with the children at Bromley Hills Primary School

Maggie explained "I'd like to thank the staff and students who came along and created such a wonderful space for our young learners. It's a great place for them to settle down and read in a calm and comfortable environment. Without the college's help we wouldn't have been able to complete the project and the students should be proud of themselves - the reading den is a lovely addition to the nursery."

The second year students who helped build the den all attend Dudley College on a full time basis, studying for a Diploma in Carpentry. The two year course is designed to give students the skills and experience they need for work in the construction industry and acts as a basis to continue their training if they want to progress or study different trades within the sector.

Dudley College understands the benefits 'hand-on' skill experience can add to students who are studying on work-related courses. Carpentry Staff Paul Jones, Neil Baldwin and Brain Price who organised and help develop the project all agreed that "Our carpentry students will have gained a lot out of this project in terms of experience and satisfaction from a job well done, and we've seen their pride and confidence grow as they've enjoyed contributing to something the children will benefit from for many years to come."

For information on college carpentry courses visit or call 01384 363 363.