Last week was National Care Leavers Week and it’s no wonder these two look happy. Our care leavers Keenan and Riley have new careers in construction thanks to Hampshire County Council and the Construction Skills Fund (CSF) training.
After attending an open day for care leavers, they signed up for a free two-week taster course at Brockenhurst College. Here they gained their industry-recognised site and street works qualifications and followed that up with a week’s experience with contractors bmJV, working on the M27 smart motorway project.
Both had previously left college courses early and were not used to being in a classroom environment, but they found this course really helpful and were pleased to achieve the qualifications.
Impressing the managers at bmJV, both were offered full-time employment; initially starting off as Trainee Operatives, moving on to full-time apprenticeships – Riley as a health and safety apprentice and Keenan as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) technician.
Keenan said: “The course was enjoyable and has opened my eyes to different roles available in the construction industry. In future I will be able to use my knowledge and skills to improve my life standards and have an exciting career. I am thankful to my case worker and CSF co-ordinators; they were very helpful.”
Riley added: “I have really enjoyed the experience and opportunity. It has given me more of an insight that has affected the way I do things at home and in the office. I’d like to continue with my health and safety training and hopefully progress through the different levels.”
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