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Expanding Minds and Skills with SATRO: Creating Opportunities for a Better Future

Surrey SATRO is an educational charity working across the South Central England. For over 30 years they have partnered with industry and schools to extend learning for students beyond the curriculum. Working in schools with young people between the ages of 7-18 of all abilities, their aim is to inspire and develop the aspirations of young people in their region. 


Our partnership with them dates to 2019, where COINS supported their Vocational Construction Programme with the development and delivery of the BTEC Level 1 Construction Qualification. Over the past 5 years, we’ve also worked with SATRO and their students with Research Work Placements, attending annual STEM festival and supporting their programmes on a wider scale. 


The charity aims to inspire an understanding of the world we live in and the technology we use as well as challenge perceptions of the world of work and possible career pathways. The goal is for young people to find their passion and develop key skills for jobs of the future. 


“SATRO partner with the Leo Lion Foundation in the delivery of our construction skills programme. Teaching around 450 students each year from mainstream, alternative provision and SEN schools, this course is aimed at students seeking a more practical, vocational route to employment.” 


Their 8 mobile vans and tutors work across the region delivering 2-hour sessions in schools. They arrive with all the equipment, materials and teaching resources needed and offer a careers festival (SATROfest) to all students in their first year. A range of topics are covered, including Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics, Career Opportunities and Organisation, with a link between learning and employability, increases students’ understanding of the workforce.


“A wonderful opportunity for students to engage in a meaningful programme that develops them both socially and academically. The SATRO construction course offers students real currency and enables them to succeed practically, setting them up as desirable candidates to progress onto college courses and apprenticeships. This is what vocational education should be!”


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