Hard Hats & Hi-Vis For STEP Students’ Workplace Visit

Posted on the 18th February 2020

Hard hats and hi-vis vests formed the dress code for our recent STEP students’ workplace visit. The group travelled to the  Manchester Education Centre and Materials Recovery Facility to learn more about the world of work and environmental issues.

A key element of the Steps Towards Employment and Progression course (STEP) is experiencing often unseen workplaces. At the facility the students enjoyed an access-all-areas tour.  They found out about different job roles,  watched some amazing machines and learned a lot of surprising facts. They also had to don a great deal of kit!

Staff at the recycling plant ensure a STEP student's hard hat is secure

Workwear Essentials

All the students and Pure’s supporting staff had to wear Personal Protection Equipment including helmets, safety glasses, gloves and ear defenders. The defenders even contained mini speakers. These ensured everyone could hear tour guide Alison Fare, the facility’s Education and Behaviour Change Officer.

Cool Machines on the Workplace Tour

During the tour the students saw some of the many different jobs roles and impressive machines involved in running the centre’s recycling processes.

They watched:

  • plastic bottles being sorted using machines called Aladdin
  • glass bottles and jars being cleaned using cyclones!
  • aluminium drinks cans and foil being turned into “biscuits” – not the edible kind of course!

The tour was just one element of this fascinating STEP students’ workplace visit. More were to come.

Poster with drawing of charity shop, recycling bins and furniture collection van as seen on the Step Students' Workplace Visit

There are lots of places we can recycle our unwanted items.

Saving the Planet

In the Education Centre Alison Fare asked the students for examples of the recycling they do at home. They then took part in a range of interactive activities focused on recycling and its importance for our planet.

These activities proved a great opportunity to utilise some of the work they had already prepared at college.

This was the most recent of the workplace visits we have arranged for the STEP students. They provide insight into at wide range of working environments and open students' eyes to job roles they may not have known about or considered.

We would like to thank everyone at the Centre for making us so welcome on this very interesting tour.

Simon Ingham - Pure Innovations Employment Officer

The Great British Spring Clean

The day after the visit, two representatives from waste management company Biffa  called to see the  students. They were very impressed with their knowledge, appreciation of recycling and the environment. Now Biffa has organised a bespoke event at Wythenshawe Forum for the students so they can take part in The Great British Spring Clean  in March.

The STEP programme is run by our partners at Manchester Adult Education Service. It delivers two days of training a week based at Wythenshawe Forum. Pure Innovations organises the Step students’ workplace visits, supported work placements, travel training and more.

Check out these links to some of our other STEP stories.

Fork Lift Trucks at Rowlinsons Tour for Step Students

STEP at British Airways 

Premier Inn visit for STEP Students 

If you’d like to know more  about the STEP course please click the link below.

Read more posts...

Closure Brought Forward: NO SERVICES Tuesday 24th March

Services Closed with Immediate Effect In tonight’s announcement from the Prime Minister the restrictions on movement have been increased. From this evening (Monday March 23rd) people must stay at home except for shopping for basic...

Posted 23 Mar 2020

UPDATE: Support Service to Close from Tuesday 4pm

A message from our CEO, Louise Parrott-Bates As we all face such uncertain times it’s important we try to keep the most vulnerable people we support safe and well, along with our staff team. Following...

Posted 21 Mar 2020

Louise Parrott-Bates