Brooksby Melton College student Sam Coxon recently created a solid pine contributions box for Waltham Village Hall, which is now displayed in their main foyer.
The box, requested by Karen Riley from the Skills Funding Agency, was created by Sam in the Joinery workshop at BMC’s Brooksby Campus, with some assistance from dedicated BMC lecturing staff.
Sam, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was selected for this project due to the excellent work he produced during his Level 1 Joinery qualification at BMC. Sam commented ‘It was great to be chosen to make the box for Waltham village hall as I had already completed all of my coursework for the year. Making the box was a new challenge but I approached it in the same way that I would approach my day-to-day Joinery work. I had been given a specification by the village hall, so the design work had already been done and I was able to create the box independently by working from this specification.
Before I came to BMC, I completed two years of A Levels. In the first year I studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics however these were not for me so I decided to re-take the year. In my second year of A Levels I took 3D product design and did really well this subject, so I decided to pursue a career within the Construction sector. As I like making things but do not like keeping them, Joinery seemed like the perfect option for me. I chose BMC to study my Level 1 Joinery qualification because I went along to one of the college Taster Days and really enjoyed it. In September I will be starting my Level 2 Joinery qualification at BMC, with the hope of eventually working in bespoke joinery or maybe completing further qualifications.’
Ian Sargent, Sam’s Joinery lecturer at BMC, said ‘Sam has proved that he can personally overcome his fears and anxieties, and has pushed himself further than he thought that he could. Sam attends the Level 1 Joinery course and has adapted really well, even to the point that his support staff can take a backseat a lot of the time. Sam has educated many staff and students with his needs, fears and ability to help us understand how he is thinking. If anyone had seen Sam at the start of the course they would not recognise the student that he has become now. Sam has tackled many projects this year with enthusiasm and professionalism to complete in a timely manner showing he can overcome his anxieties and fears to achieve the end result.’
Sam and his fellow students attended BMC’s Further Education Awards on 12th and 13th July, which aim to congratulate all FE students upon completing their courses, and to celebrate the achievements of individual students who have excelled whilst at the college. For more information about Joinery courses at BMC click here, or to register for our next Brooksby Campus open event, click here.