Blessed Trinity College building for future

STARS OF THE FUTURE: Murphy managing director John B. Murphy, Blessed Trinity teacher Eamon Robinson, Alison Watson from COYO and pupils

STARS OF THE FUTURE: Murphy managing director John B. Murphy, Blessed Trinity teacher Eamon Robinson, Alison Watson from COYO and pupils

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Blessed Trinity College is building for the future after being ‘adopted’ by leading international construction and engineering company J. Murphy & Sons Limited.

It is part of the Class of Your Own (COYO) scheme which aims to encourage the next generation of young people into the construction industry through their Design, Engineer and Construct! course.

Murphy Managing Director for the North, John B. Murphy met with pupils, the school board and members of COYO, to officially adopt the school.

Headteacher Richard Varey said: “At Blessed Trinity we want to be at the cutting edge of education. We want to open our students’ eyes to every career opportunity that is out there for them and courses like this are important for that. We are grateful to a high profile employer like Murphy for adopting our school.”

The scheme is directly funded by Murphy which will support Blessed Trinity with expertise and practical help, including giving students opportunities to experience the technical side of the industry through site visits, mentoring and professional support from Murphy employees.

The scheme also empowers the teachers too, with the course led by Eamon Robinson, by giving them the latest in industry knowledge so they can better deliver the curriculum and have confidence in what they are teaching.

Rob Houghton, Group Learning and Development Manager at Murphy, said: “Blessed Trinity RC College has been using its own initiative to deliver construction-related projects, but without any committed industry support, which was why we were so keen to adopt the school and provide practical assistance in showing young people what a great industry construction is.”

More than 90 students from Blessed Trinity have signed up to the Design, Engineer and Construct! course. The course gives students fully accredited Level One, Two and Three qualifications - the equivalent to GCSE and A-Level with UCAS points.