We are offering people the chance to learn some construction skills in a free workshop in Welshpool next month.

We are hosting the event for people aged 16+ at the former Oldford school site in Welshpool on July 15 from 9am to 3pm. We are currently converting the former Oldford Road Nursery and Infants School into offices, a family centre and nursery for Powys County Council.

Under the guidance of our skilled carpenters, participants will get hands on experience working on a project to build a bench from pallets and other recycled materials.

They will learn basic carpentry skills, measuring skills, how to use a drill and hand saw, the health and safety of working with power tools and wood, sanding and painting techniques and about design skills and structural architecture.

All participants will be presented with a certificate on completion of the course and the furniture will then be donated to a local good cause or community centre at the end of the workshop.

Training Manager Michelle Benjamin said it was an ideal opportunity for community groups or individuals who just want to learn new skills or are considering a move into the construction industry.

“It can be hard for people interested in working in construction trades to get hands on experience and this workshop is an ideal opportunity to pick up valuable skills and get some advice from our experts. It’s a fun introduction to construction and they’ve been very popular in the past so early booking is advised.”

Anyone interested in joining the build a bench workshop on July 15 can book a place by emailing michelle.benjamin@paveaways.co.uk or contacting 01691 682 111.