Young people in Nottingham ‘Get into Construction’

UPP, VINCI Construction UK, Stephenson College and Nottingham Trent University have been host to 15 young people on The Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Construction’ programme.

The aim of the programme is to give unemployed 18-25 year olds experience of working on a construction site and the opportunity to learn about careers and prospects within the industry, including potential job opportunities and apprenticeships. This is the second training programme that the Prince’s Trust has been able to offer at Nottingham Trent University thanks to UPP, who are sponsoring the training programme.

On the course, there were 15 young people who had hands on work experience with VINCI Construction UK and subcontractors, Imtech, on the student accommodation site at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus. Trades that have been experienced are plastering, carpentry, cladding, painting and decorating and bricklaying. At the end of the 4 week period the students will all be giving presentations about their experiences at a celebration event on Friday 3 June.

Whilst on site the young people have also undertaken training and development courses which have included presentation and interview skills, a CITB site safety awareness course, with students having completed site inductions and taken their CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) test, which gives them their ‘passport’ to working on a construction site and a requirement for a career in the industry.

John O’Reilly, regional director for The Prince’s Trust in the East Midlands, said: “The Prince’s Trust Get into Construction course gives young people intensive training, work experience and qualifications in the construction industry to help them into a job. With youth unemployment continuing to reach record highs, is it imperative that charities, businesses and government bodies work together in order to provide our city’s young people with the support they need – and deserve – to move into the workplace.”

Nigel Jones from Nottingham Trent University, said: "We're very proud to have been part of the opportunity to support these young people in developing lifelong skills and career aspirations. The university wishes all of the participants the very best of luck, and we look forward to seeing how this fantastic project helps them to secure a more rewarding future."

Sean O’Shea, UPP Chief Executive, said: “As the leading provider of student accommodation and campus infrastructure, UPP is committed to providing training opportunities for young people at our sites, and across our wider business. Like our university partners investing in the communities in which we work is central to our values. Through our partnership with the Prince’s Trust we are helping young people to gain the experience they need to realise their potential, get a job, and get on in life.”

Keith Shivers, VINCI Construction UK Regional Director, Building Division, said: ‘VINCI Construction UK will be bringing all the experience and know-how we have gained, working extensively in the student accommodation sector across the UK, to the Clifton campus project. VINCI Construction UK is the first company to partner simultaneously with the Prince’s Trust, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Construction Youth Trust and we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide four weeks of training and experience for the 15 apprentices on the Get into Construction course.”

Published: 14/06/2011


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