Teaming up with Manchester City Council’s (MCC) Skills and Works Team and Greater Manchester Talent Match, Wates welcomed nine candidates to its accredited pre-employment training course, where they took part in taster sessions in a range of key trades, including plumbing and joinery, health and safety and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) testing.
The two-week programme took place at the Wonder Inn in Manchester city centre, and also included employability skills sessions to help the candidates make the transition back into work. The candidates were given the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with representatives from Wates, O’Neill and Brennan Group to help improve their techniques.
The Building Futures course was set up by Wates in 2006 and has seen over 1,100 participants take part, with approximately half having entered employment or further learning with Wates or its supply chain partners. The nationwide course celebrated its 100th programme in July 2017.
Jo Jamieson, Managing Director of Wates Residential North, commented:
“At Wates, we pride ourselves on our commitment to helping the local communities we work in and our Building Futures course is a perfect opportunity for us to do just that. Those previously involved in the course have shown an amazing determination, as well as demonstrating the ability to thrive in employment, and it has been a privilege to provide them with the platform required to get a foot on the career ladder.
Our Manchester candidates have had a successful two weeks and it was very rewarding seeing them progress and receive their certificates. I am sure they all have bright futures ahead of them.”
The candidates were presented with their completion certificates at a celebration event and with further support from Wates, Greater Manchester Talent Match and Manchester City Council Skills and Works team, they are well equipped to find placements and employment.