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14th November 2012

BRIDPORT: Transition Town course teaches tradesmenís skills

YOUNG people learned skills for self-reliance courtesy of a free DIY workshop in Bridport.

Six unemployed youngsters got the chance to get training in carpentry, metalwork, electricity and plumbing courtesy of Transition Town Bridport.

The workshops were conceived by Ian Gallon and instructed by volunteer tradesmen, who gave their time for free to show the youngsters basics of their trade. 

The course took place at the Kingston Maurward Centre at North Mills, Bridport.

During the week the participants made their own wire strippers, made a lamp, using woodworking skills, and wired it up. 

With lampshades donated by Lilliputs, the youngsters were able to bring home something they had created themselves.

On the last day, the managers of three local businesses - Harbour Bonfield, Display Solutions and GR Edwardes - talked to the students about apprenticeships and job opportunities in their fields. 

All emphasised the need for enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to start on the bottom rung. 

They agreed that going round in person, to their business, with a handwritten statement of their interest in the job applied for, was much more likely to achieve success than a posted or emailed general application. 

Another speaker, Rachel Brown, gave a talk on communication and presentation.

Bridport’s Mayor, Councillor Dave Rickard, handed out certificates of completion to the six participants before thanking the instructors and mentors, Suzanne Bond from the Job Centre, and Ian Gallon for making the course such a success. 

Transition Town Bridport aims to make the town a more resilient community in terms of the challenges posed by climate change and peak oil. 

A spokesman said: “We hope that the course will be the first of many, helping young people to find useful skills and work. The aim is to increase the trainees’ self esteem and confidence, to increase their DIY skills, to improve their chances of employment and to stimulate them into applying for higher level courses.”

He added: “The course was supported by a grant from WDDC (Bridport Community Fund), BLAST, BYPAT and Kingston Maurward College. 

“TTB would like to thank the many local residents who donated unwanted tools for the course as well  as TopSparks, RKL Tools, Display Solutions, Bartlets and Lilliputs who offered discounts.  

“Anyone interested in attending the next course early next year should apply to admin@transitiontownbridport.co.uk or at Bridport Job Centre.”

PICTURE 1: Councillor Rickard with Suzanne Bond from the Job Centre

PICTURE 2: Mayor of Bridport, Cllr David Rickard, presenting certificates

PICTURE 3: Tutors with some of the workshop participants

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