Brent residents who were taking part in a two week construction programme have graduated at a ceremony in Bridge Park Leisure Centre, Stonebridge.
The employment and skills programme in construction called ‘Building Futures’ was targeted at Brent jobseekers over 19 years of age, and was launched by Wates Living Space and Brent Council at the end of last month.
Participants worked towards receiving a BTEC level 1 Certificate in Construction, health and safety certificate, asbestos awareness certificate and a Traffic Marshal qualification.
Attendees had a chance to visit an active construction site and received training in key skills such as CV writing and interview techniques which will open routes for employment in the construction industry.
All graduates of the scheme have been offered six months support now that the programme is completed to help them find sustainable employment.
Jayme Bates, a participant from Queensbury said: “I enjoyed the programme, it was good to meet new people and the partners involved in the scheme. I learned some new things and have now got my qualifications which will enable me to find work and build my career.”
Dean White, a participant from Stonebridge said: “It was a good two weeks for me. I feel like I have picked up some valuable information and learned a lot. I really wanted to gain qualifications and see what options are available for me going forward. This course has been a stepping stone and opened up opportunities.”
Councillor Harbi Farah, Lead Member for Housing said: “Congratulations to all the graduates of this prgramme. This was a great opportunity to help local people find employment by giving them hands-on work experience in the construction industry, assisting them to gain qualifications and finding sustainable work. We wish all the participants well as they build their future careers.”
David Morgan, Managing Director for Wates said: “Wates remains unwavering in our commitment to helping local Brent residents into work. The candidates of this latest Building Futures programme are now well equipped for their next step on the career ladder, be it further training or employment, either with Wates or one of our supply chain partners. Since the programme’s inception in 2006, we have seen over 1,150 candidates complete the programme and more than 50 per cent have moved into employment or further training.”
The Building Futures programme is managed in partnership with Ixion Holdings, a subsidiary of The Shaw Trust, and supported by Wates Giving.
For further information on this programme and other opportunities, please contact Jennie Assersohn, Community Investment Manager at Wates – Jennie.Assersohn@wates.co.uk.