Unemployed residents who are interested in pursuing a career in construction are being invited to find out more about a special 4 week taster programme.

Following the success of the Fast Track into Construction programme held last year, which helped a number of local people into work, it is being repeated again in 2015.

Those taking part will have the chance to complete the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS card) at Jobchange, proving they have the necessary skills and ability to work on a construction site safely.

They will also gain practical work experience and try out different trades on a construction site organised by Wolverhampton Homes and contractors Bullocks and Wates Construction. Meanwhile, the City of Wolverhampton College will provide team building exercises and first aid training.

Anyone aged 18 or over and currently unemployed who is interested in taking part is invited along to an information session taking place on Thursday (16 April, 2015) from 11am to 3.30pm at the Hope Family Centre, Chervil Rise, Heath Town.

Alternatively, please contact Manjit Cheema on 01902 556625 or email manjit.cheema@wolverhampton.gov.uk for more details. Applicants from people living in the Heath Town area, the focus for this year's programme, are particularly welcome.

Wolverhampton City Council's Strategic Director for Place Tim Johnson said: "The construction industry is currently growing and employers are looking to fill vacancies.

"The Fast Track into Construction programme is an excellent way of preparing unemployed residents for a career in this expanding sector, and is one way in which the council is working hard to ensure that the most disadvantaged communities in Wolverhampton are able to benefit fully from economic growth in the city."

Kerry Richards, who successfully completed the previous course and is now in full time work, said: "Previously I had worked in a factory, been a cleaner and a housewife. However reaching 40 years of age I wanted a change of career and the chance to do something a bit more challenging.

"Being on the Fast Track into Construction programme was very enjoyable and as a result I've been able to secure employment with Continental Landscapes Ltd."

Reece Griffiths, who also completed the programme in 2014 and now works full time for Profence, said: "The Fast Track into Construction programme gave me the chance to do work experience and this enabled me to show people what I could do. As a result I was offered work and have been in employment since."

The Fast Track into Construction programme is organised by Wolverhampton City Council's Economic Inclusion Team in partnership with Wolverhampton Homes' Employability Team, Jobchange, the City of Wolverhampton College, Catch 22 and Heart & Soul Community.

  • released: Monday 13 April, 2015