Construction course helps Tamworth residents toward employment

A group of Tamworth jobseekers are well on their way to employment after gaining skills and experience during a two-week programme delivered by Wates Living Space.

A group of Tamworth jobseekers are well on their way to employment after gaining skills, experience and a nationally-recognised accreditation during a two-week ‘Building Futures’ training programme delivered by Wates Living Space.

The construction employability course was aimed at unemployed Tamworth residents and care leavers who face extra barriers into employment.

Participants were given the opportunity to secure a BTEC Level 1 qualification in construction, asbestos training, a Construction Skills Certification Scheme test and to improve their employability skills though a series of interviews with representatives from Wates and its supply chain partners.

Participants also gained practical skills such as carpentry and plumbing through trade taster sessions, visited a live construction site and put their new skills into practice by fitting out a new kitchen at the High Rise Social Club in Tamworth.

Training was delivered by qualified tutors from Ixion Holdings and successfully completed by six participants – two of which have already gained employment in construction as a result.

Luke Jay (24), a participant on the two week Building Futures programme, said: “I loved the course. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do before but I now feel this could be my career for life and I’m really hopeful I will get a job out of it.”

Craig Hunt (25) said: “I hope this will lead to a change in my life and if anyone else gets the opportunity to do this I would really encourage them to go for it.”

This training was part of Tamworth Borough Council’s contract with Wates Living Space and was something we were really keen to see taking place. It is important to us to provide social as well as financial value to Tamworth residents as part of this contract.

The participants were amazing and really seemed to get a lot out of it. Most have had to rely on intermittent agency work. All had interviews with representatives from Wates and their supply chain partners and will hopefully find that more doors are open to them now. Once they have completed their CSCS tests they will be able to work on a live construction site, which should help them get a foot in the door of a new and potentially life-changing career.”

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing

Building Futures is an integral part of our operations and is driven by our values as a privately-owned business that is committed leaving a positive lasting legacy in the communities where we work.

“This was a very successful two week programme, which will act as a springboard onto bigger and better things for each of our candidates. We look forward to following their journey.”

Tom Langley, Divisional Director for Wates Living Space

This Building Futures programme was delivered as part of Wates Living Space’s contract with Tamworth Borough Council to deliver repairs and maintenance services across 4,200 properties in the borough over the next two years.