Structec has launched a new innovative project in partnership Knowsley Enterprise Academy (KEA) to help new entrants to the construction industry.
Six young people from Knowsley have joined the six month Knowsley Council sponsored initiative which started this month. The prime aim is to prepare young people as potential multi-trade apprentices and operatives for the property maintenance and repair sector.
The scheme participants will receive Health and Safety instruction, first aid training and work to achieve their Trainee Level Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, whilst benefiting from the experience of working alongside Structec’s multi-trade operatives. Classroom based functional skills tuition will also form part of their weekly training programme.
This work experience and basic skills training is expected to help participants of the scheme find-entry level employment in the building industry early in 2015. This progression may include acceptance onto a formal apprenticeship, or alternatively enable them to join a further education course in construction skills.
Structec has developed this unique training venture with KEA over the past 10 months, demonstrating our contribution to social value benefits for the local community, and to create a lasting legacy for young people who have not been able gain acceptance directly onto apprentice programmes.
Steve Davies, the MD of Structec stated
"This is a great project targeted at teenagers who have not accessed apprenticeships or conventional employment. The pilot scheme allows them to gain skills, experience and demonstrate their ability and aptitude for the building industry. For us, this scheme is a valuable local initiative to help Knowsley young people enter the world of work. Furthermore we will be looking for some of these young trainees to help form the next generation of Structec’s multi skilled trades people."
Click here on the below link to read more about scheme in the Liverpool Echo.