Sheppey College Project
In September 2018, Kent CRP and Sheppey College met to discussed a variety of ways in which they could work together to provide opportunities for the students to become involved in a number of Community Projects that would provide them with valuable life skills and work experience as well as helping improve all five stations along the Swale Rail Line. As a result 3 projects were set up working with different groups of students to support their course work. This involved working with IT, Business and Construction students.
October 15th and 18th 2018
October 15th and 18th 2018.Kent CRP carried out 6 presentations to 209 students and tutors from the college. This introduced a number of ideas which the students could become involved in. This also included a briefing on how to stay safe around the stations in preparation for the forthcoming station visits.
November 2018 - Travel Training and Station visits
During a week in November, groups of students were taken on the train to visit each of the stations on the SwaleRail Line. Students were tasked with looking at each station and identifying improvements that they could make.
The IT team identified the need for information to be displayed at stations informing the public what there was to do near each station. The business team identified that posters providing information would be useful to passengers. The construction team identified a number of potential sites were plantings and nesting boxes could be made.
The IT students identified that one of the main problems they noticed at the stations was the lack of information available regarding what there was to do nearby or places to visit. As a result the students decided that they would create a promotional video of the area and a website that would provide this information. Click SwaleRail to visit the website or on the image.This information is accessible to passengers who can scan the QR code on the information poster and then visit the website.
A second group of IT Students wanted to create some Art work to help develop their photo editing skills. They decided to take photos of the trains at the local station and using photo editing techniques create some fantastic Pop-Art.
The Business students wanted to find out much more about what the passengers who used the Swale Rail Line thought about each of the stations. They designed their own survey to collate data which could be used to help plan future developments at the stations.
Students also designed a range of posters to inform the passengers about key information. One poster was designed to promote taking bikes on the train. They also created a poster for each station to show that it had been adopted by Sheppey College.
The construction students were slightly restricted in what they could actually create on the stations, however they were able to put their carpentry skills to work and create bird nesting boxes for Queenborough Station.
The multi-trade students also put their skills to the test to help plant up wellies and create flower beds to add a splash of colour to the station.
The lack of seating at Queenborough was identified in the student surveys, so the students are going to create planter benches made from sleepers and to be positioned on Platform 2.
The tilers are looking at creating a Mosaic to be displayed at Swale Holt Station.
Work Experience and Portfolios
One of the main aims of this project is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work at and around stations rather than just being completed as part of their course work.
Linking the college work in with the Swale Rail Project allows students to create their work with their community in mind and everything they do will have an impact on their community. This will also help them build up a portfolio of their work that they can use when looking for future employment.
The project has also led to some students carrying out various work experience tasks and placements and providing them with opportunities to develop their skills further and gaining valuable work experience.