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Students brush up on their skills at Brierley Hill food bank

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

Left to right: Mike Crooke and Alan Hall, Black Country Food Bank, Beth Hales, Sikander Lal and Liam Frost, Painting & Decorating students, David Birgin and Dennis Campbell, Painting & Decorating Lecturer at the Advanced Technology Centre.

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BRIERLEY HILL students turned their talents to charity work this week, when they gave the new Black Country Foodbank premises in Albion Street a couple of coats of paint.

Construction students studying Painting & Decorating at the Advanced Technology Campus in the town, part of Birmingham Metropolitan College, carried out the work as part of a work experience project, giving them some valuable on-the-job training.

Emma Cook, of Black Country Foodbank, said:

"The new premises in Brierley Hill are a fantastic resource and the decorating work completed by the college gave us a terrific boost in meeting our moving deadline."

The work experience project was instigated by David L Bergin who is the owner of local DLB Building Consultancy Services. He said:

"The students carried out their trade and did a marvellous job which was very much appreciated by the Black Country Foodbank, which provides a vital and essential community service locally and within the Black Country.

"Site experience is one of the most important parts of achieving National Vocational Qualifications offering students a real overview of what it's like to be involved in a real site environment working with other trades as part of a bigger team.

"Equally working with and ensuring that all current health and safety regulations are met including induction, risk assessments and method statements are all in place."

The Level 1 students painted the interior of the building including woodwork, walls and ceilings.

Black Country Foodbank offers nutritionally balanced food to those in crisis. In 2013 they fed more than 22,000 people across the Black Country.

Kevin Stevens, Faculty Director for Construction & Building Services at the college, said:

"Live projects like these are vital for students who are studying for practical, vocational courses as they get a real insight into working on a real site.

"We are always keen to find real work experience projects for our construction trades students to offer them additional skills whilst they're learning."

For further details on volunteering or donating: www.blackcountryfood bank.org.uk.

Anyone interested in studying for Construction or Built Environment courses should check out the website: www.bmetc.ac.uk.

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