Mansell Construction Services have begun construction on a new £1.35 million autism teaching unit at Reading College to give students with the condition the benefits of mainstream further education.
Reading Borough Council has committed the funding of the building project at the King’s Road campus and work is expected to be completed in September. The facility will cater for 16 students aged from 16 to 25.
Vice principal Paul Newman said: “We believe that it is important for every young person to have the opportunity to come to College. At Reading, we already run a thriving programme for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, which aims to build confidence, social skills and self-esteem, alongside gaining work experience and employability skills. By having the new autistic learning facilities at Reading College, we can continue to provide extra support to young people as they make the transition into adult life.”
Autism is a condition which can affect a person’s ability to communicate appropriately, think flexibly and to develop social relationships.
We are proud to be working for Mansell Construction on the internal decoration aspect of this project.