Free construction training as search for new recruits intensifies

Grant Prior 2 months ago
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The Skills Centre is offering guaranteed training and job interview opportunities around five sites in the Greater London area, north Kent and West Midlands.

The training specialist has partnerships with major employers like Mace, Wates, Lang O’Rourke, Engie, Galldris, Berkeley Group, Keltbray, TfL, Fortel, London Square, OHOB, Morrisroe and Multiplex.

Hundreds of training places will be offered at five different training centres in Earl’s Court, Gravesend, Southwark, Stratford and West Midlands.

The Skills Centre is looking to attract new recruits into construction and is targeting people who are either unemployed or are earning under £16,000 a year with training which  is completely free.

The three-week, industry-led construction training programme will be offered to all that apply, together with a guaranteed job interview for work on a number of major building projects.

Jon Howlin, CEO of The Skills Centre said: “Across the UK there is a massive construction skills shortage right now, with the pandemic as well as Brexit leaving many major contractors without the people to fulfil the needs they have on site. So, it is great that we are able to offer these free training places and attract people with no prior experience, into a new career in construction.

“We are particularly interested in welcoming women onto our training schemes; diversity is still an area where the sector needs to improve, and it is a great profession for all, with many paths for career progression into all areas of construction. Our free training courses are a great first step into a wonderful career.

“What we are offering through our partnerships is a chance for people from all walks of life to get free, first-rate training with our experienced construction professionals though our site-ready programmes. Candidates are guaranteed a job interview at the end of it and some of the jobs may even turn into full apprenticeships.”

All those who complete and pass the three-week course will get a Green Labourers CSCS card, Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment, and Construction health and safety certificates (including manual handling).

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