At Wilds Lodge we are very fortunate to be able to offer construction, welding, catering and mechanics on our Crossroads site. These are all accredited courses which allow students to try courses which are more hands-on to see if they enjoy them and perhaps want to build their career in a trade pathway. The students at Wilds are therefore able to build academic, vocational or a combination of the two paths within their KS4 and 5 experience. This gives them a confidence and a skill set to take on with them to their next educational setting.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry. At Wilds Lodge we offer a CITB recognised course at KS4 and 5. There are also opportunities to do roofing skills, small scale plumbing and tiling within the multi-skills programme. We are also a member of the Guild of Bricklayers.
All students at Wilds Lodge have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and cookery. From the younger students achieving AQA Unit awards to the older working towards the BTEC qualification there are opportunities for everyone to take part.
We also offer Barista training through the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA). This has helped some of our older learners to gain employment after they leave school as a continuation of their work experience placements.
Mechanics and Welding.
At Wilds Lodge we work with City and Guilds to provide accreditation in vehicle mechanics and welding. City and Guilds are a global leader in skills development, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. These teach students practical skills designed to be the first steps in a career. Welding is particularly popular with the more creative students and we have our own enterprise stall on Sports Day allowing parents to buy some of the products.