Eleven candidates from Flint, Greenfield, Garden City, Connah’s Quay and Holywell have taken part in the two-week training course, which is designed to give local people a career kick-start in construction.
The training programme took place just five months after the first Building Futures course in Flintshire. Both have been delivered by Wates in partnership with Communities First, which works with people who face barriers to employment through the Welsh Government’s Lift programme.
Throughout the Building Futures course, candidates took part in a series of practical building master classes, including brickwork and plastering. The course also gave candidates the chance to see a live construction site at Duke Street in Flint where Wates Residential is building a range of brand new homes.
Designed to bridge the gap to employment, the Building Futures course culminated in a certificate presentation and a talk from Wates on the diverse career opportunities available in construction.
The course is set to be followed by work placements for each of the candidates with Wates and its Flintshire supply chain partners to ensure that it leads to sustained site training and long-term employment.
The training forms part of Wates Residential and Wates Living Space’s joint commitment to create local employment and training opportunities as part of the businesses’ work with Flintshire Council.
This currently includes Wates Residential’s delivery of 500 brand new homes across Flintshire as part of the Strategic Housing and Regeneration Partnership (SHARP) and Wates Living Space’s programme of kitchen replacements and housing modernisation work. Both work packages are being delivered on behalf of Flintshire Council.
In 2016 we reached the incredible milestone of having put 1,000 candidates through Building Futures and the recent course in Flintshire has once again shown the breadth of opportunity it creates for local people.
Building Futures was a huge success for our Wates Residential colleagues in October last year and we’re proud to have joined forces with them in Flintshire to build upon this success. Every candidate here has shown enthusiasm, drive and natural ability in the work they have completed and I have no doubt that their time with Wates will be the start of very promising careers.”
John Flower, Business Director at Wates Living Space
Building Futures rewards candidates with a QCF Level 1 Award in Building Crafts and a CSCS registration to help secure future training and work experience on building sites. Building Futures is funded by Wates Giving, a programme set up by the Wates Family, that makes over 250 grants worth around £1m a year to charities and community groups.