Construction Skills Training

The Technical Construction Skills for the Unemployed project (TCS) previously offering construction training courses and employment support has finished due to the end of European Social Funding.

We are hoping to publish news of other construction support projects in time, please keep checking in.

Meanwhile – please take time to read our newsletters and case studies describing how the TCS project has delivered life changing support to over 1100 individuals across the EM3 LEP area.

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.


For further help, email [email protected]. 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!

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Upcoming course dates

A TCS case study

On Site CSCS Course training results in 100% job outcomes. The TCS team are extremely appreciative of Rick and the Bewley Homes team for running a CSCS course on site and meeting the need for CSCS training in this area of the Winchester district. We’d love to run more courses from sites; and Rick is up for this too.

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I’d happily have another 10 courses on site as long as it helps bring people into the industry.
training area on building site

Broadening Horizons, a TCS project case study

Tanya, 33, had been unemployed for a short while after leaving her job in the Care industry to look after her new daughter. Ab Basingstoke JCP, she heard about the 'Women in Construction' Event hosted by the TCS team in partnership with Basingstoke Discovery Centre and DWP in March 2022.

Read Tanya's full story

After having my daughter, it was the first time I had experienced unemployment. It was also the first time I realised that I was scared to return to what I knew which was Healthcare. I began painting houses and discover a confidence I didn't know I had, learning and enjoying it at the same time too.
Tanya doing plumbing under sink

Rebuilding Lives, a TCS project case study

Seyedsaber came to the UK on the Ukrainian scheme due to the ongoing conflict. He was desperate to work and determined to build a new life where he could develop his skills learned back in Ukraine…read about how TCS supported him to become a valued member of the Hills Construction team.

Read Seyedsaber's full story

I am very thankful to the people of the UK and the amazing opportunity I have found through the TCS Team attending the CSCS course they offer. 
Seyedsaber on site

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

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
Young man smiling at work laying bricks

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.

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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.