The free short courses are being held at the purpose-built Future Skills Centre in Bordon and are fully funded by Hampshire Futures, Hampshire County Council’s employment and skills service - thanks to a £1 million grant awarded by the Department for Education and the Construction Industry Training Board.
Councillor Stephen Reid, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance, said:
“These courses are a great starting point for anyone looking for a fulfilling career change or a route into a growing sector where there are plenty of opportunities to work and progress within the local area. In Hampshire, and throughout the country, we are facing a construction skills shortage, and with large projects such as the new Mill Chase Academy being built in Bordon, as well as other development to support regeneration in the area, there are jobs and work experience placements available through Employment and Skills Plans for people who have gained the right skills on introductory courses such as these.”
The available introductory courses will cover employability, a site visit, study for and taking of the Construction Skills Certification Card (CSCS) and the Level 1 Health and Safety qualification, which are necessary to be on a construction site. There will then be three days of intensive practical training in a chosen specialism.
The first course dates are:
- 25 March – heavy plant/machinery
- 13 May – roads/highways
- 3 June – multi-trades (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc)
Afterwards, through Hampshire Futures, those completing the courses will be offered support to find work experience, an apprenticeship or a permanent job. They can be put in touch with several large construction companies working in and around Whitehill and Bordon whose building projects have Employment and Skills Plans, which are agreed with Hampshire Futures before projects begin and set targets for employment and training of local people on their sites.