Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Masters House Newsletter

The Masters House now has it's own Newsletter! the aptly named - 'Masters House News'.

Please click this link to download a copy of the Spring EditionThe newsletter has been compiled by Jessica Worlock who has been appointed as the new Heritage and volunteering coordinator for the Masters House project. Employed by HCC part time for the next 3 years and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund - Jessica will be offering the local community opportunities to get involved with the Master’s House project through volunteering, events and educational activities, and keeping you informed with newsletters, a webpage and  social media.

The first newsletter is a catch up of the history of the project and the recent 'topping out' and 'scaffold removal' but it also explains about the young men who have been inspired to become craftsmen of the future.

As part of the Master’s House restoration Speller Metcalfe have been able to offer some local young people a chance to be involved. Keiron  Smith and Adam Preece, students at John Masefield High School, have been gaining work experience onsite alongside mentors from the  Speller Metcalfe building team.

The yound men are studying a BTEC in Construction at Herefordshire and Ludlow College one day a week and then come to Master’s House one day each week to gain experience.
Keiron (pictured below left) first came to the Master’s House for a week of school work experience after a talk about careers at the school given by Matthew and Ed and has since come every week for six months.

Adam (pictured above right) showed dedication by  coming in every day of his half term holiday, he said the placement helped motivate him and gave him an idea of what life is like on a building site.

This level of commitment has not gone  unrewarded, both Adam and Keiron have been accepted to start full time places at the  college in September. Keiron said he now feels more motivated to achieve good results in
his Maths and English as he needs them for his college course.

Keiron and Adam’s college courses are being supported by Live and Learn, Herefordshire Council’s School Engagement Programme for 14-­16 year olds. The programme is funded by the European Social Fund.

In addition to the above placements SpellerMetcalfe has recently founded the Worcestershire Apprentice Academy. Following numerous work experience and apprenticeship placements with local education providers, Speller Metcalfe decided to form an independent charity aimed at encouraging Worcestershire school and college leavers into the construction trade. While career opportunities in the construction industry had dipped due to the recession, 2013 has seen positive changes and movement towards higher rates of employment and demand for trained, skilled professionals. Working together with Worcester College of Technology, the WCAA aims to increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities available locally, develop a highly skilled workforce, improve employer / apprenticeship links and boost job opportunities in Worcestershire.For those who employers who may be interested in supporting the scheme please e-mail or for parents/apprentices -

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