Skillway is an out of school, workshop-based training provider where, in a caring environment, young people are encouraged individually to engage in and learn practical trade and life skills which promote their employability prospects. Skillway works with pupils identified by their schools as low academic achievers, both boys and girls, who find their education and social progress restricted by their inability to work successfully in large groups and who are therefore at risk of truancy.
In order to continue their valuable work during the Covid pandemic, Skillway needed to adapt their workshop and premises to allow adequate distancing, both during sessions and when relaxing during breaktime. Funding from the HSYA enabled modifications to the entrance ways and the purchase of a large canopy providing a safe space for the students to circulate and socialize, thus relieving space inside the workshop.
These improvements allowed Skillway to continue to support the young people though the Summer and Autumn terms on their AQA award programmes. Most importantly, Skillway are poised and ready to return to full capacity when conditions allow. At this point, the canopy will be put to good use on the new Woodland skills project, prolonging its useful life.
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