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New Meaning And Trade Skills

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Our Cambridge students have recently been travelling to the Peterborough School to gain invaluable, hands-on experience with our Welding Teacher Stephen Jukes, as part of their introduction to our Trade Skills programme.

Stephen, Welding Teacher, Cambridge

Once they have completed their 4-week introduction to welding, they will go on to gain experience in electrics, plumbing and brick laying.

Alongside our in-house training at In Toto Ed, our students have recently begun working with the New Meaning Foundation, a charity based in Cambridge helping people to learn via direct experience while building new homes for the homeless.

Every Tuesday, Trade Skills Tutor Paul Waldmann takes a small team of In Toto Ed students to New Meaning to work in their factory workshop at Waterbeach Barracks, building SPACE Micro-Homes for formally homeless people.

Two teachers in the Construction workshop

Working with Paul and other staff at New Meaning, students are gaining working experience in carpentry, plumbing, electrics, tiling and decorating.

Being given the opportunity to try out different trades gives our students excellent on-the-job experience and helps to inform their decisions on what trades they want to focus on in the future.

Sparks fly from welding

Sally Smith, Head of School, Cambridge

Sally Smith, Head of School in Cambridge, commented,

“Watching the confidence of our students grow as they find new skills and gain first-hand experience of being part of a working environment, is extremely rewarding.
To be able to support these young people to move forward on their journey into employment and a career they can feel proud of is a privilege.
We strive to enable all of the young people who attend In Toto Ed to leave feeling empowered and ready to move on into adulthood and continue their journey into work or further education with renewed confidence and a positive view of their future”.
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