Look what’s popped up on the TCAT campus…

A pop-up Christmas shop has opened for business at Telford College of Arts and Technology, selling a wide range of new and second-hand gifts for the festive season.

The shop, which is trading until December 16, has been created by TCAT’s Foundation Learning team to showcase some of their work, and offer realistic retail work experience.

TCAT lecturer Kristy Stuart said: “It has been set up completely from scratch, and along with a whole array of hand-crafted items, we have received donations of stationery from West Mercia Supplies and a vast range of pre-loved items.

“We have also collaborated with other charity-run businesses to offer their goods for sale too.”

She added: “The level of support and differentiated training we are able to provide through this initiative has enabled us to engage many learners who would have found it difficult to participate in an external venture.”

TCAT’s level one Health and Social Care students have also been helping adult learners who have moderate learning difficulties with their craft projects – offering them valuable work experience.

Kristy said: “From the initial observations and feedback, we have already identified the huge benefits it is making in not only developing learners’ employability skills, but also boosting their confidence.”

Part of the funds raised at the shop are being donated to the Severn Hospice, with the remainder being reinvested into funding similar projects at TCAT over the coming months.

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