The Toolshed offers alternative education for 16-24 year olds

April 11, 2016 1:43 pm    

The Toolshed’s social aim is to help improve engagement with young people, enhance their skills, improve their mental health and help them contribute to the economy. 100% of the students on one of their multi-trade construction traineeships reported that the course helped them feel better about themselves, in spite of 40% being clinically depressed and taking medication.


The Toolshed is a new social enterprise that offers alternative education provision, managed by New Meaning. In October last year, The Toolshed were awarded a grant of £5,000 from Heart of Bucks to sponsor 16 young people to participate in a construction course.

In addition to supporting these young people, the grant has also been used to buy some of the tools and materials which are fundamental to their learning and development. Talking about the difference the grant has made to Toolshed, centre director Jessica Tyrell commented – “It has enhanced our spirits! It makes us feel like the local community supports and backs us.”

Each student participates in an intense 18 week programme and on completion will achieve a level 1 and 2 construction skills qualification, health and safety qualifications, a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, at least a level 1 in English and Maths and a certificate on employability skills.

Toolshed have already helped six young people find jobs and predict that by the end of May they will have moved 15 young people off of JSA and into work.


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