Midland Metro Alliance launches second design and construction competition for SEND and AP students

For the second year, Midland Metro have invited students attending Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) schools across the Black Country to participate in a design and construction competition.

The competition is set to run throughout the spring and will be inviting participants to envision and construct a bugs hotel or to propose innovative designs for a tramstop. Last year’s competition has been recognised by The Career and Enterprise Company for its positive outreach with those students who frequently face additional barriers.

Oli de Botton, CEO from The Career and Enterprise Company, said: “It’s fantastic that the team at the Midland Metro Alliance are once again giving back to their local community to host such a wonderful competition. This initiative underscores the importance of supporting inclusive education and promoting career pathways within the local economy.”

Teams selected by their schools will compete across various age groups for trophies and prizes and come together later in the year in a joint celebration of the work undertaken by all of their designs and ideas.

Rose Rees, Midland Metro Alliance Head of Engagement and Skills, commented: “Last year’s competition was an absolute highlight of our education workstream and it’s fantastic to be able to do it all again. So many colleagues from within the alliance, to partner organisations, and the schools and colleges themselves, give up an amazing amount of time to provide these enhanced educational experiences and we’re grateful for their support.”

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