End of term celebrations for trade school pupils

PUPILS from the Thurrock Trade school have been celebrating their success at special presentation day held in the Chamber at Thurrock Council. The 24 students have all completed a 12 week course in plumbing, carpentry, electrics or bricklaying.

The trade school is run by Thurrock Council’s repairs and maintenance provider Morrison and is for 14 – 16 year old students from schools around the area. Each pupil picks a trade to study on a Tuesday night for a 10 week period and then one further trade to try during the final two weeks.

The presentation ceremony was attended by family and friends of the students, as well as local councillors and the Mayor of Thurrock Councillor Charles Curtis  who presented the certificates to the 24 students. A special award for the most enthusiastic student was also presented to Liam Eve by the Thurrock Business Association.

Paul Fowler, Manager Morrison said: “The trade school continues to go from strength to strength and it is fantastic to see so many young people taking up the opportunity to experience a trade. Not only does the trade school provide the students with some basic knowledge about their chosen trade, it also encourages them to be responsible and to show  commitment each week to attend the course. The popularity of the school means we are already looking for students for next term which commences in September.”

Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “The Thurrock Trade School has a long established history of providing hands-on education and experience for some of the borough’s young people — education and experience that can lead to work.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who completed the course and received their certificate and I would like to wish them all well for the future.”

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