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Girl Guides try their hand in Brickwork and Carpentry workshops

Eastleigh College offered the Second Ramalley Girl Guides based in Chandler’s Ford, an exclusive opportunity to get hands-on in the College’s Brickwork and Carpentry workshops.

The recent taster evening welcomed 33 Girl Guides giving them an opportunity to develop new skills which are used in different industries. The Girl Guides tried their hand at brickwork, where they built a small wall, while in the Carpentry workshop the Guides created their own plant pot stand.

At the end of the evening, the Guides were able to take their lovingly made pots home, to show off their hard work and new skills to their friends and family. Ann Edmeades, Second Ramalley Girl Guides Leader explained, “It was a brilliant opportunity for the girls to try new skills and gain an insight into careers that they might not have otherwise considered, as well as see the fantastic facilities that Eastleigh College has to offer. A huge thank you to all the staff who gave up their evening for us.”

The Girl Guides enjoyed their time at the College and the feedback has been positive, with one Girl Guide commenting, “It was great to see the amount of things I might be able to do when I go to college”.

Eastleigh College has worked with the Second Ramalley Girl Guides for many years, introducing young people to different skills and professions, as well as developing existing skills. Geoff Stroud, Brickwork lecturer comments on the taster evening, “The workshops were very noisy but all the Girl Guides gave it their best and produced some impressive work! It was great to see the girls getting involved in tasks which could lead to a career in the brickwork or carpentry industry. Up until now, the girls are typically at an age where they haven’t had an opportunity to try these areas of work because it’s not generally available in schools, so it's always great to be involved in these evenings and show them something new!”

The Girl Guides are looking forward to returning to the College next year when they will be exposed to even more! To find out more about the range of courses and Apprenticeships offered at the College, visit our courses pages, call 023 8091 1299 or email