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16/03/2017In support of National Apprenticeship Week, three of Keepmoat’s apprentices gave a talk to our students in Bermondsey.
The Budding Builders programme sees young people from across London attend the course at our Training Centre in Bermondsey for 3 days a week, for 3 weeks. During the course they are led by our Trainers, Wendy and Pearl, towards achieving their OCN London accredited Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, whilst learning basic practical construction skills. As part of the course they are also supported to revise for and earn their CSCS card which allows them to then work on site.
A highlight of the course was the site visit, this time hosted by Team FLO (Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke) at their Vauxhall Nine Elms site at the Northern Line extension. Led by Mike Eason, an Electrical Manager, they were also joined by Gemma an Architect/Senior Design Manager, which was valuable for them to hear from a young women making a success in the construction industry. The group were also impressed to hear that they had a 24 year old female crane driver, challenging any existing misconceptions about industry roles.
The learners enjoyed hearing about the project from where it began to the stage it was currently in to where the project will finish. The group also discussed different health and safety aspects about working in construction and spoke about their own ambitions within the industry.
Construction Youth Trust would like to thank Team FLO for their hospitality and taking the time out of their busy schedules to give our students such a fantastic tour.
By the end of the 3 weeks, all 25 of the young people had gained their Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, and 11 have already passed a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test and have thus earned a five year CSCS Labourer’s Card. The CSCS card informs employers that the holder has the requisite knowledge of safe working practices and helps in the pursuit of a successful career within the construction industry.
One week later and 2 of the students have been offered apprenticeships with K10 as construction operatives, and another has an interview for a carpentry apprenticeship with Mace.
The team would like to wish our graduates all the best for the future and will continue to support them towards their next step in their careers.
To watch a video of Wendy’s speech at the graduation, head to our Twitter page.