Residents in Dorset have been trying their hand at plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry as part of a free trades taster day.
The day, run by Sovereign Housing Association at its Ringwood office, was designed to help residents decide if a career in trades might be for them.
The residents, supported by Sovereign’s experienced tradespeople and apprentices, were given the chance to have a go at different activities, including removing a tap and laying bricks.
Sean Langworthy, who came along to the event with his wife Gaynor and step-son James, said “It was a really informative day. The Sovereign guys were very professional and made us feel very welcome.”
“James will be leaving school soon and he’s now going to look into doing a trade apprenticeship.”
The event was held in Sovereign’s brand new TRADES space, custom-built to help with training and developing the skills of its property service operatives.
It has a mock-house layout, which includes a kitchen, bathroom, carpentry area, roof structure, electrics, gas boiler and a wet area for brickwork and plastering.
Paul Stacey, one of Sovereign’s Maintenance Managers, helped run the day. He said “It was a very successful day, with a relaxed atmosphere - everyone was enthusiastic and supportive of each other.”
“We had a wide range of people attend; some with the intention of starting a new career and others who just wanted to have a go.”
“Most of them are now looking at how they can get into trades, which we’re very pleased about.”