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College students enjoy role reversal

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STUDENTS have been cementing their college studies with a role reversal in coursework skills.

Darlington College health and social care students laid the foundations for their equality and diversity studies with a master class in bricklaying.

The all-female student group, who are currently studying towards careers in nursing, social work and as paramedics, were each tasked with building a three course high brick wall under the instruction of fellow first year joinery and bricklaying students.

Darlington College programme leader Lesley Harriman explained: “As part of looking at equality and diversity in the workplace we wanted to let our students learn new skills in what is still a predominantly male environment.

“Many people still associate certain roles with certain genders, such as builders being male and nurses being female, but really in this day and age that is not the case.

“Everyone should be able to enjoy the same opportunities to be able to have the career they want despite the gender typical stereotyping of job roles.” Supervised by programme leader for construction John Headlam, the joinery and bricklaying students worked with the health and social care students helping them to mix and shape the mortar before laying a three course layer of bricks.

“I thought it was a brilliant idea for us to have cross course collaboration with health and social care students and it’s been a great opportunity for my students to improve their communication and team working skills as well,” said Mr Headlam.

Source: The Northern Echo – http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/12906414.College_students_enjoy_role_reversal/

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