Building Futures Hackney | Wates

Building Futures Hackney


1 weeks


Hackney Council


Wates Living Space & Wates Construction


The Building Futures programme in Hackney was a joint two week programme between Living Space and Construction Residential for Hackney Council. 16 job-seeking locals gained hands on experience in plumbing and joinery on a live Construction Residential site in Hoxton.

In tandem, the group were also coached through exams to obtain their CSCS card which will enable them to work within the sector.

To add to their employability further, candidates also took part in mock interviews with Wates Building Services, Oneill & Brennan, Lee Marley Brickwork, Manestream (Asbestos) and Fording Building & Refurbishment to experience various interview scenarios and build their confidence.


  • 16 Job Seekers
  • 16 BTEC Level 1 Construction Certificates Gained

It was a great taster course, if you are interested in learning a mechanical trade. The subject matters are clearly explained and Des is very approachable and able to explain in the most basic terms. My enthusiasm grew as the course progressed, and I forged new friendships, something I’d not expected."

Andretta Gordon Building Futures candidate, Hackney 2017

Community Involvement

The programme saw the completion of a community project with the painting the communal areas and stage in Milton Gardens Community Estate Hall.

Official presentations of certificates at the same venue by members of the Wates Senior Leadership Team rounded off the week.

This gave me a kick-start to get a job and from this great opportunity I have gained new skills and met some great people. This has been an excellent learning experience for me. Since completing the course, I have had some additional training on a site in Oxford Street, I'm looking forward to getting back into work.

Paul Wilde Building Futures Candidate, Hackney 2017

History Of The Programme

Building Futures was launched in 2005; our award winning two week accredited vocational training programme targets adults 19+, not in education, employment or training.

It’s delivered by our training provider, Ixion, and provides basic construction learning underpinned with return to work skills, to prepare participants to make the transition into employment or training.

All graduates of the programme receive six months support post event to help find sustainable employment. To date over 1,030 people have completed the Wates Building Futures programme across the UK.