Construction Skills Training

The Technical Construction Skills for the Unemployed project (TCS) offers construction training courses and employment support across north Hampshire and Surrey in Winchester, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Guildford. TCS is funded by the European Social Fund.

Training or support is free and for anyone unemployed and over 18 (students are welcome).

You could achieve your Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification and the green CSCS Card and other possible tickets too.

Is construction for me?

Our project participants are from all ages and all walks of life - Some have had jobs before in construction or in other sectors, some have never worked before for all sorts of reasons – could you be the next to join us?


Our construction focused employability course ‘Step towards Construction’ can help you decide! 

5 short day course with the adult learning team including

  • a range of employability skills
  • information about the world of construction, opportunities within and routes into it
  • CSCS card and H&SL1 induction
  • meet construction employers, receive support on what to do next.

Hampshire County Council construction projects have supported over 2000 people to become qualified for work on site.
So far, we know that nearly 1000 of those secured construction jobs –we are waiting to hear from many more.

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Courses are held in Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Guildford.

Apply for a course yourself by filling out the online form so that one of our team of coordinators can get in touch with you to talk you through next steps.

Apply for a course for somebody else: If you are a referring organisation, use the referral form, please include ID details for client.

Guidance for referrers on ID

For further help, email Send us a message and one of the team will contact you and chat about what you need and how we might be able to support your onward journey.

The course and this job has turned my life around and I am so proud. I never could have imagined this outcome and am so grateful for all the support I’ve received. It’s given me more confidence and self-belief which has helped me deal with my personal situation more effectively and I’m much happier for it!

Read Michael's full story

Getting the CSCS card enabled me to get this job and because of that I’ve been exposed to a different world – I’ve learned a lot. I might well be working in another sector now if I hadn’t got the CSCs card – and I don’t think it would be as well paid!

Read Olu's full story

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Women in construction

1% of construction employees are female but because there are so many opportunities for women in the sector, their numbers are growing… 

The team made me feel at home immediately. My gender made no difference whatsoever. Don’t be scared to go and do what you want to do – you’ll be surprised how much construction has changed. I want women to know this – it might suit them perfectly 

Read Natalie's full story

Young woman worker in high-visibility gear on construction site
Young man smiling at work laying bricks

Mike's story

Mike has been deaf from birth, but this has never held him back. He had a cochlear implant when he was 3 years old and this has helped him to be successful in the hearing world.

Mike passed the CSCS test and soon afterwards he was taken on as a trainee bricklayer by local employer Persimmons.

Read Mike's full story

The course has opened doors for me. I’m moving forward. It’s sorted out my future

Riley's story

Riley Scott, 19, left school at 16, and did a year at college. But after a year at home, he needed some more support to get into the job market.

Read Riley's full story

The most important thing the Kickstart job has given me is confidence. I’ve gained so much in terms of being able to speak to people and work with them.”