A welcome makeover


New lease of life for Leigham Community Hall

Leighham Community Hall was given a welcome makeover thanks to the Janner Men’s Shed and students from Cornwall College who were taking part in Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training. The college students and members who had accessed PCH’s Learn for Free training programme, used the practical skills they had gained to test themselves with some on-the-job work and improve the community hall as part of their practical assessment, fixing one of the old windows, a fire door and constructing a wall by the boiler room.

PCH’s Ashleigh Knowles said: “We’re delighted that our Learn for Free programme could include access to a CSCS course. It’s one of the first steps towards getting work in the construction industry, and students who have it on their CV will look more attractive to potential employees.”

“With so much to do on the community hall, the students were really able to get stuck in with applying the practical skills they have learnt on the course”

Ryan Hughes, communities worker

Stephen Maunder, head of business development at the Work Skills Training Academy, Cornwall College, said: “As part of our commitment to help people into work, we are proud to support projects like the PCH CSCS programme, which provides the perfect platform for learners to develop skills and access training opportunities which will support them to enter into and sustainemployment.”

Ryan Hughes, PCH communities worker who manages Janner Men’s Shed, added: “The Leigham Community Hall has been hub for a lot of our Men’s Shed activity but needs quite a bit of work in places. The space has so much potential, and having the CSCS students come in and use their practical skills has benefited both us and them, which is perfect. With so much to do on the hall, the students were really able to get stuck in with applying the practical skills they have learnt on the course.”

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