UNEMPLOYED IN ROTHERHAM BUILD BETTER FUTURES WITH WATES
Unemployed young people in Rotherham have been given a career kick-start in construction with the delivery of a national training scheme by Wates Living Space.
Over 19's from across the borough that have been struggling to get into work completed the national Building Futures scheme, which gives jobseekers an opportunity to take part in construction skills training to improve their employment prospects.
The two-week programme saw them learn a variety of practical skills such as carpentry, tiling and plumbing and visit a number of building sites across the district to see the inner workings of constructon in action. They also had the chance to work on their interview technique with members of Wates' supply chain.
The training programme drew to a close with the candidates putting their newly learnt skills to the test by building communal raised planters for residents at Elliot Court, a housing scheme owned by Chevin Housing Association Ltd (a member of the Together Housing Group) and managed by Action Housing and Support.
Wates delivered the programme in partnership with its national delivery partners Ixion Holdings and Skill Centre alongside Chevin Housing and Action Housing.
All participants were rewarded for their efforts with a QCF Level 1 Award in Building Crafts and were guided through their Construction Skills Certification Scheme CSCS test, which will enable them to access to future training and experience on building sites.
Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space, commented: "I am pleased to have been able to deliver our Building Futures initiative in Rotherham for the second time in as many years. We take our commitment to the communities in which we work very seriously and the provision of tangible training and employment opportunities for local people underpins our vision. I have been very impressed with the achievements of all the candidates and wish them the very best in their future careers."
Daniel Lilley, one of the candidates who took part in the programme said: "I want to say a big thanks to Wates for this opportunity. I am so grateful for the chance to learn new skills. I really enjoyed the training and didn't want it to end."
Sheena Grice,Reinvestment Site Co-ordinator at Chevin Housing said: "The working partnership which Chevin and Wates Living Space has evolved and we are proud with the work which the young people have carried out on the Building Futures project. The team of young people have worked hard and have made the project work and on behalf of Chevin Housing would like to thank them for a fantastic job well done to everyone".
Established by Wates in 2005, the Building Futures programme, accredited by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, was developed to help the long term unemployed and ex-offenders return to the workforce and learn about different trades within the construction industry.
Wates is working with Chevin Housing on the delivery of major refurbishment works to some of the Housing Association's property portfolio.
Photographed above – some of the apprentices with Wates and Chevin staff showing off the fantastic planters they constructed for Chevin's Elliot Court scheme.