WATES LAUNCHES 46TH BUILDING FUTURES COURSE IN STEPNEY
Wates Living Space has launched its 46th Building Futures course to equip people who have been unemployed for a long time with new construction skills and experience.
The two-week scheme started on Monday April 16th in Stepney, London, where Wates is leading a £200 million programme at the run-down Ocean Estate to refurbish 1,200 properties with fresh kitchens and bathrooms and build 800 new homes.
Wates launched the Building Futures initiative in 2006 specially to help people living near its building projects and so far 530 participants have benefited from it– of whom an impressive 57% have gone on to either employment of training.
The course mixes basic training in disciplines such as plumbing, carpentry and plastering with personal development, and is delivered nationally in partnership with Ixion Holdings Ltd and Skill Centre Ltd along with local subcontractors.
At the end trainees have the opportunity to sit the CSCS site safety card test and are guaranteed an employment interview with Wates and its local subcontractors.
Sixteen people started the course in Stepney, aged from 19 to their early-50s, ready to be shown a possible route back into the job market or learning.
Wates’ national Building Futures manager, Louise Hyde, said: “We are very proud to be launching in Stepney our 46th course which will give a practical help and training to yet another willing group of people struggling to find jobs.
“On projects as big and ambitious as this, it’s vital for us to take a lead and get involved with the community around it so they are part of the change and help shape it themselves.
“We want Building Futures to give those without jobs more than just bricks and mortar, but hopefully also new skills and a new direction – giving a fresh beginning to people and not just the properties.
“We hope this push start will give this group the impetus to go on and either secure jobs or find a way into further training and turn a corner in their lives. I wish them the best of luck”
The Ocean Estate project started in 2009 and is set for completion by the summer next year. New windows are also being installed and roofs renewed, and half the new homes will be affordable, replacing run-down housing blocks.
Wates Living Space won the joint-contract from Tower Hamlets Council after a £3 million pilot scheme in which it successfully delivered 170 homes early with 94% customer satisfaction.
It is part of the East Thames Consortium with the East Thames Group and Spitalfields housing associations, housebuilder Bellway, and urban developer First Base.
For more information, visit www.wates.co.uk