Students are helping to refurbish YMCA

New College Lanarkshire lecturers (l-r) David Scott and Jim Paton with the Second Chance Construction students.
New College Lanarkshire lecturers (l-r) David Scott and Jim Paton with the Second Chance Construction students.

Students from New College Lanarkshire are aiding with the refurbishment of Bellshill and Mossend YMCA.

Five Second Chance Construction students were first on site as the Main Street facility aims to open a new drop-in clinic.

Patrick Gray, Kieran Mason, Brandon Whitestone, Coray McCreadie and Ross Richardson spent a week painting and decorating some of the centre as part of Project Innovation, which aims to offer students real-life work experience in the local community.

The YMCA refurbishment is the second charitable project being undertaken by the Second Chance Construction students as part of Project Innovation having recently constructed items of furniture for Monklands Women’s Aid refuges.

Coray (18), from Bellshill, said: “I used the YMCA centre for its gym facilities when I was younger so I know how valuable the services are in the local community, and how popular they are amongst young people.

“Being out of the college and working for a real-life client was a great experience to add to my skill set and it’s great to have experience of working to tight deadlines.

“I want to be a painter and decorator, so being part of this project is going to be really good for my CV.”

Jim Paton, lecturer in Painting and Decorating, said: “This project provides invaluable real world experience for the students and also means that the YMCA are getting an exceptional service while saving money which they can put towards the fantastic services run within the centre.

“I hope that the project enhances the confidences of the students in their own work and in working on-site.”

A group of Electronic Fire and Security apprentices will begin work next month, putting their security engineering skills into practice by installing CCTV cameras around the premises to ensure staff and user safety.

A new fence to the back of the premises will then be constructed by HNC Fabrication and Welding students to further enhance the centre’s security.