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Dreamland support MakeIT! Students in Kent

2nd March 2016

Students from Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School in Ramsgate, Kent are taking the Proskills’ Schools into Industry programme, MakeIT! to a whole new level. They are creating designs in partnership with recently renovated local heritage theme park Dreamland in Margate, Kent

The development officer for the park has set the student themes which need to be covered. The students have created new project specifications for both MakeIT! Wood and MakeIT! Furniture and these are now being put to the test.

This exciting new industrial partnership is the brain child of long time MakeIT! supporter Tom Brewin, MakeIT! ‘Best Teacher’ award winner and teacher at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School.

Some aspects of this new project are that wood from the oldest wooden Scenic Railway in the UK is to be up-cycled and used by the students in the design and manufacture of their MakeIT! project entries; the school will be exhibiting its MakeIT! competition project entries in the indoor space at the park once the MakeIT! Competition has finished later this year.

Even more exciting is the agreement that suitable final designs may be recreated, displayed and sold in the Dreamland Emporium.

Tom Brewin, teacher at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School said “Dreamland staff have worked with the students throughout the research stage of their MakeIT! project. Dreamland staff will also visit the students at school in March to help provide industrial guidance during the development stage of the students’ designs. It is hoped that a representative from Dreamland will attend the MakeIT! finals if we are lucky enough to be shortlisted.”

If any of the student designs are good enough, they will be reproduced for display in the Ballroom at Dreamland and will be manufactured full scale for Dreamland by their skilled staff. Students in the running for this accolade are designing an under-fives play area, furniture for the ballroom, lighting for the ballroom, privacy screens, and stools for the bar area.

The entries from Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School this year will have come from thirty students in year twelve and forty-five students in year ten. The students are managed by three teachers; Tom Brewin, Michael Spain, and Adam Taylor, with essential input from Dreamland personal.

Jonathan Ledger, CEO Proskills UK – the charity which runs MakeIT! commented “This is exactly the kind of employer involvement that we want to see as part of the programme. Employers are able to support schools, teachers and students by adding experience from a real working environment that otherwise students could not get exposure to. For students to have their work displayed and sold on the premises at Dreamland is indeed a student dream that will become a reality.”

Ledger added “We are very grateful to Dreamland in creating this partnership with Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School. It demonstrates a real commitment to creating opportunities for young people to learn skills and get involved in projects which benefit the local community. It’s just fabulous to see.”

If you would like to find out more about the charitable work of Proskills through ‘Schools into Industry’ and how you can get involved in ‘Inspiring the next generation’, please visit: www.proskills.co.uk/schools-into-industry.


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