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Alt Bridge pupil with their winning entry

Huyton school pupils take part in sign making competition

by Jonathan Kearney

Pupils from Alt Bridge School in Huyton enjoyed taking part in a creative sign making competition run by Knowsley Council and Knowsley-based First-Class Signs and Engraving Ltd.

Pupils from Alt Bridge first met First Class Signs, when they were introduced to Business Owner and Accounts Manager Eilidh Prout as part of Knowsley Council’s ‘Meet the Employee’ programme which enables pupils in our special needs schools and colleges to engage remotely with a range of businesses and employees.

Employees share a video about their work and the different skills that are needed for their role and this is followed up with a Zoom Q&A session where the pupils meet the employee and ask questions about their role or business.

Eilidh really enjoyed interacting with the pupils at Alt Bridge and was very impressed with their questions. She could see the benefits of the programme and wanted to get more involved!

A follow on ‘Design a Sign’ session was developed by Eilidh and Sue Temple Fielding, Knowsley Council’s Employment Support Officer (PFA), and delivered to the pupils remotely during National Careers week.

The session looked at the importance of health and safety signs in the workplace. Pupils learned about the different types of signs; mandatory, prohibition, hazard, and safe condition signs, and were then set a challenge to design a sign for their Forest School area at Alt Bridge.

The entries were excellent; it was evident how much hard work, effort and creativity had gone into each design and It was extremely difficult for Sue and Eilidh to choose the winning design.

Eilidh said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with the pupils at Alt Bridge School. They totally wowed me with their fabulous questions and how much thought had gone into them.

“Their drawing skills were amazing, and every pupil had made such a huge effort designing their sign.”

After much consideration, George’s sign was declared the winning entry and using the latest computer controlled, direct printing technology, First Class Signs and Engraving turned George’s design into the real thing:

Eilidh said: “George was a very deserving winner. His sign was a happy and colourful design which clearly depicted what Forest School is all about.”

George was delighted to hear that his design had won and said: “I was shocked at first, I couldn’t believe that I won, then I felt really proud.”

Eilidh visited the school to present the finished sign to George and the team at Alt Bridge. It was a lovely sunny day, pupils and teaching staff came outside to congratulate George and witness the handover of the eye-catching design for their Forest Schools area.

Eilidh added: “It was lovely to deliver the winning sign in person and meet the teachers and pupils, in the sun, at their Forest School. I am really hoping that, when restrictions lift, I can visit the pupils again and spend some time with them.”

Natalie Menagh, Headteacher at Alt Bridge said: “It is so important for our students, that they gain as much knowledge of work as possible and speak with a variety of people who work in a range of different roles. We are hugely grateful to Eilidh who spent time with our students through the Q&A session and then came out to present George’s sign. Not only was this a very informative experience for our students, and it also provided another fantastic opportunity for them to show off their skills and abilities which will soon be on offer to the world of work.”

For more information about the ‘Meet the Employee’ programme, contact Sue Temple-Fielding on 0151 443 3054 or email susan.temple-fielding@knowsley.gov.uk