The Real Apprentice
Local Authorities and Housing Associations
Local authorities and housing associations can play a pivotal role in encouraging greater diversity in construction, both within their own workforce and in construction projects as a whole.
Our Work with Local Authorities and Housing Associations
Construction Youth Trust has for many years enjoyed highly successful and mutually beneficial relationships with Local Authorities and Housing Associations. By working together in local communities, we have been able to increase awareness and opportunities for young people from a variety of backgrounds and assisted them with real skills and experiences to help them on their journey to work. Below are some examples of this work:
Working with Islington Council to promote equality and diversity
Tai Calon Housing Association, Blaenau Gwent, South Wales
Eight Blaenau Gwent residents have recently taken part in a WCVA and ESF funded project at Tai Calon Housing Association designed to help them develop new skills and enter into employment in the construction industry.
Funded by the European Social fund, participants from the local neighbourhood of took part in a two week course which gave them an NQF Level 1 qualification in Plastering and Rendering delivered by Construction Youth Trust.
Significant work has been undertaken by Tai Calon over the past few years to address social inclusion in response to a high level of antisocial behaviour. The participants are now progressing on to training and college courses, with some looking at the possibility of going to Work Placements and jobs with local contractors.
All of the participants expressed positive feedback, Wade commented:
“Now I feel a bit confident. I know I can plaster… that’s the first thing that I feel I’ve been able to say I can do.”
"I’ve learnt new skills. I’d like to do plastering full time now. I’m going to find out more.”
The project was highly successful and follows on from 2011 collaborations between Construction Youth Trust and Tai Calon.
Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council are working with Construction Youth Trust by providing work experience placements in conjunction with GB Building Solutions. A number of young people have successfully commenced work experience placements on a six-week training programme, which when completed will lead to full-time apprenticeships.
Participants have each benefited from additional support from Manchester City Council and GB Building Solutions who have provided them with a bicycle including helmet, lights and locks. Participants have also been assigned a mentor to help them for the duration of their placement and have been placed on a CSCS Health & Safety Card training programme to attain their card before completion of the programme, the card being a must for anyone wanting to work on a construction site.
Spectrum Housing Group in Southampton
A group of young women from Southampton recently took park in a Pink Ladies course funded by Spectrum Western Challenge. In addition to being taught a range of practical tasks the ‘Pink Ladies’ took part in a community project building a decorative Christmas centrepiece for the Lordshill Community Centre. They will also be awarded their OCN certificates in Building Construction Skills.
Anna Johnson, Resident Involvement Officer for Spectrum Western Challenge, supervised the course throughout the week. Anna said: "We really wanted to show, through this course, that the construction industry is a viable career option for women as well as men.
The Pink Ladies construction course has been a big success this week. It’s been really worthwhile for the three ladies that attended, and everyone has learnt a lot of valuable practical skills, including myself!"
How can you help us?
If you work for a local authority or a local public service and you think we can help you achieve some of your LAA priorities contact us to find out how we can work in partnership to help improve your communities.