The environment for this activity can vary from a workshop to an outdoor work setting at the Farm. This transient setting encourages problem solving and the need to be versatile in order to cope with change. This working environment gives the young person a feeling of industry in which identity can be formed. Activities involve learning a vast range of practical skills including basic carpentry, plumbing, construction and landscaping. Daily tasks are taken from the list of general projects required at the Farm and young people are able to see purposeful activity in action. Young people are encouraged to develop their skill set in order to complete basic jobs independently.

SOFT OUTCOMES
Attitudinal Skills – involves a significant amount of problem solving as many obstacles appear when attempting to complete a task. These obstacles can cause frustration and a feeling of incompetence but once solved can provide a substantial boost to self-confidence and esteem. Many young people then feel more able to try new tasks changing their general attitude towards work.

HARD OUTCOMES
Practical Skills – with the daily practice of hand tools and machinery it is possible to see gross and fine motor skills development. The measurement of Practical Skills is achieved through continued assessment of task completion.
Young Person Assistant – this activity is a perfect setting to build responsibility and give a sense of industry. Young people that are interested in practical skills thrive from the independence and autonomy available from these sessions. At the highest level of development young people are set projects preparing them for future working environments.

ACCREDITATION
The work within Site Maintenance aims towards completion of unit 266 & 477 of the City & Guilds Skills for Working Life qualification.