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PRESS RELEASE - Construction programme helps locals build futures

PRESS RELEASE - Construction programme helps locals build futures.

Brent residents who were taking part in a two week construction programme graduated at a ceremony in Wembley Stadium at the end of February.

The two week employment and skills programme in construction called ‘Building Futures’ was targeted at Brent jobseekers over 19 years of age, and was launched by Wates Living Space and Brent Council, and delivered by Wates’ delivery partner Ixion Holdings Ltd.

The programme was run from Chalkhill Community Centre in Wembley and proved very successful for six local people.

Participants worked towards receiving a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction, obtaining their CSCS card which will enable them to work within the sector, a health and safety certificate, asbestos awareness certificate and a Traffic Marshal qualification.

During the first week the learners gained hands on experience in carpentry and multi-trade skills. In the second week, the learners took part in site visits to two active Wates construction sites.

They also received training in key skills such as CV writing and had interviews with seven of Wates supply chain, which will open routes for employment in the construction industry.

All graduates of the scheme will have six months follow on support from Ixion, now that the programme is completed, to continue the support to help them find sustainable employment.

Clive Carty, a Building Futures participant said: “It’s been a good opportunity for me because it has expanded my horizons and it has helped me to be able to better myself, and given me my confidence.”

Mussa Hubahimfura said: “This course is a good introduction for people looking to get into a construction site and to gain experience. I would recommend people to actually join it to learn from it.”

Su Pickerill, Group Community Investment Manager at Wates Living Space said: “We are constantly looking for ways to invest in the communities in which we work. Our Building Futures programme enables us to do just that – helping local residents to gain employment and training opportunities. I hope that this programme has equipped these Brent residents with the skills, experience and confidence to succeed on their future career paths.”

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Housing & Welfare Reform said: “Congratulations to all the graduates of this programme. This was a great opportunity to help local people find employment by giving them hands-on work experience in the construction industry, assisting them to gain qualifications and finding sustainable work. We wish all the participants well as they build their future careers.”