In the first of several short projects, four residents of the Camden hostel, and one resident from another nearby removed and refitted the kitchen and also undertook painting and decorating works to the space under the guidance of one of our London trainers. None of the participants had undertaken work like this before and four of the young people did not have English as a first language.
Our trainer taught the group new practical skills and supported them to gain three separate OCN Accreditations in Health & Safety, Carpentry, and Painting & Decorating. These young people have since moved on to full-time ESOL education at college which, with ongoing support from the Trust, will help their progression into further construction training when they are ready and able to do so. The fifth young person moved on to a Level 1 multi-skills training programme with Building Lives based in Gospel Oak.
The second group of young people on this project have just completed a refurbishment, within the same hostel, of the living space and are also undertaking OCN accreditations in Health & Safety (in order to take their CSCS health and safety test) Carpentry, Painting & Decorating.