Earlier this summer a leading UK Construction Company, Carillion, got together with the Wolverhampton Education Partnership Community Fund, to enable a group of construction students from Midpoint Centre to go on a work experience trip to Fethiye.

The plan was for the students to renovate and redecorate Ölüdeniz Primary School (Ölüdeniz İlköğretim Okulu) in Hisarönü and, following discussions with the school’s management, the decision was made: two classrooms needed a makeover, and the dining area needed to be renovated. The Midpoint students couldn’t wait to get going on their exciting project in far off Turkey.

There was a lot of work to do...
There was a lot of work to do…

Working for their futures

Midpoint Centre is a referral unit for Year 10 and 11 students that supports the social inclusion of young people for them to develop the skills, attributes and attitudes that will eventually enable them to be successful in their future lives.

The group of six 15 and 16-year-olds students who are studying a BTEC Level 1 in Construction at Midpoint Centre, travelled to Fethiye on 14th June, for ten days, to work on the primary school in Hisarönü.

Support from the community

Students and staff worked hard on fund raising activities to help provide new classroom equipment for the art and music rooms and furniture for the dining area. The project has also been supported by several local businesses: Alex’s Cocktail Bar, Summer Jam, and Fez Bar. These establishments were used as a drop off points for donations of school equipment from UK residents travelling to Turkey, as well as local businesses.

The refurbished dining area
The refurbished dining area

Local building company, Angel Homes, owned by Abdulğafur Toğluk constructed dividing walls and fitted doors to complete the transformation with no financial gain at all to the company. Additional materials were sourced with the help of Emin Toğluk.

Hard work and adventures

This is the first time Midpoint has organised a trip like this, and it has given the students opportunity to use the skills they have learned to help others, experience Turkish culture and get an insight into what life is like for many young people in Turkey. As a reward for their hard work the students were taken to see some of the many spectacular sights that Turkey has to offer including the Saklikent Gorge and the Blue Lagoon.

The project has been an invaluable experience for the students developing social and emotional skills, taking them out of their comfort zone, and introducing them to new cultures.

A transformational project for everyone involved