Constructing Futures – young residents in Tower Hamlets build careers in construction

Eight unemployed young people from Tower Hamlets will be celebrating today after completing a six-day multi-skills training course in construction.

The course was a joint venture between Construction Youth Trust, Peabody and Society Links.

The training was delivered by Construction Youth Trust’s mobile classroom which provides hands-on construction related courses directly in the heart of local communities. Participants learnt skills in tiling, carpentry, plumbing and painting and decorating with the venue provided by Society Links, and funding for each participant to take their CSCS Health & Safety test provided by Peabody.

Joyce Archbald of Society Links said:

“By delivering training in the heart of our community, this course has removed the barriers of travel expense and made a real difference to local residents . In the following weeks we will be supporting the course graduates to find work at our weekly Job Club on Mondays and Wednesdays 10am -1pm . We can make sure that they are able to turn their new skills into the foundation of a new career.”

Lacking a CSCS card can be a huge barrier for young people trying to get their first job in construction with it being difficult for many to get a job without the card but equally difficult to afford the cost of training and taking the test without a job.

Sharon Barbour of Peabody commented:

“This course will boost the employment chances of young people and by sponsoring their training Peabody are pleased to be making a tangible difference to their future prospects”.

Mobile classrooms are one of the many ways in which the Trust introduces young people to the world of construction. The Trust also delivers OCN accredited training and employer engagement programmes including possible apprenticeships.

Thanbir, a local resident who took part in the course commented:

“I’ve really enjoyed the course and it’s great that it is so local as it means I can learn new skills without spending loads on travel.”   

Christine Townley, Director of Construction Youth Trust said:

“This has been an excellent partnership between the three organisations giving young people the skills they need to start their careers in construction.”