7:22 a.m. May 11, 2022
Weston College students helped out at the workshop so they could “give back to the community” during RAG week.
Student plumbers aged 16 to 18 at the college’s South West Skills campus on Locking Road helped Asda staff with daily tasks such as clearing shelves, unpacking and turning over stock and packing customers’ bags at the tills .
This week (May 9-13) marks the annual Raising and Giving (RAG) week, when schools and training providers host a range of activities and fundraisers to raise money for select charities.
In two courses at the college, students traveled to Weston’s superstores Asda and Tesco to show appreciation for the job and thank staff who have been essential workers during the Covid pandemic.
Plumbing Lecturer Russ Hacker helped organize the event and said: “I’m so proud of our five students who volunteered to help customers and colleagues at Asda pack their bags.
“They have all not only learned invaluable new skills, but have also given their peer group a solid reputation in the community.
“Many of our students don’t have any work experience yet, so it all helps with their CV and does a good thing at the same time.
“We didn’t raise specifically for charity today, but prior to this event we helped raise funds for the British Red Cross, Young Minds and Weston Hospicecare.”
“Today’s bag packing was the ‘giving’ aspect of RAG where instead of collecting money from people’s pockets, we just give back.”
Tesco supermarket also saw electrical course students complete a similar set of tasks.
Weston College plumbing students and Asda colleagues at the supermarket in Weston.
– Credit: Archant
18-year-old sanitation student Lily Montgomery said: “I really enjoyed the experience of helping our community in Weston.
“We’ve all learned new skills and it all helps boost our confidence as we step into the workforce.”
Asda Community Champion Odette Powell said: “It was so nice to see such a great response not only from customers but also from the youth.
“They worked on grocery stores, ambience, self-checkout and helped store the newspapers and flowers.
“Young people often get a bad reputation and that shows how great these people really are.”
Both courses compete for the Weston College RAG Week Cup. Areas scored include outstanding engagement and most miles traveled.