Painting and Decorating students support exciting new local venture

Students working with Trades4Care


Students from Bishop Auckland College are taking part in an exciting new initiative which aims to fill trade and maintenance gaps in the health and social care and education sectors through innovative work experience opportunities for students.

Painting and Decorating students from the College are some of the first to collaborate with Trades4Care, a new initiative set up by local businessmen Andrew Coxon and Charlie Wright.

The project enables local students to gain experience and life skills by pairing them with vetted and qualified tradespeople to undertake trade and maintenance jobs at health and social care, education and community sites. As well as facilitating students to gain real-world experience, it also bridges a generational divide and allows tradespeople to pass their skills on to the next generation of sector workers.

Students will enjoy extended placements and work-based experience opportunities in a welcoming and supportive environment where each mentor company has been handpicked to provide the most effective experience possible.

They will also receive a bespoke series of life skill sessions covering everything from interview techniques to time management. Students will have unprecedented access to a network of employers within the local community that could prove vital to securing future employment.

Co-founder Andrew Coxon said, “Trades4Care provide governance over pricing to ensure value for money, we provide opportunities for young people to develop skills under their supervision and provide colleges and organisations with a proactive work placement and life skills wrap-around service”.

“This is a collaborative project working closely with local colleges and organisations to provide an enhanced journey of opportunity for our young people, including work placements, life skills, coaching and mentorship, supported by strong supervision and suitably qualified, competent and vetted tradespeople”.

While currently facilitating opportunities for Painting and Decorating students, Trades4Care will soon expand its focus to include opportunities in Plumbing and Gas, PAT testing, Joinery, Plastering, Ground maintenance, IT Support and Business Admin.