Built2Work, an innovative Hackney-based construction training course, is celebrating the apprenticeship success of three young participants.
Two trainees have landed apprenticeships with local employer Hackney Homes and one with apprenticeship provider Reds10.
Built2Work is a free four-week introduction to construction course for young Hackney residents aged 16-25. A partnership between Woodberry Works, led by Manor House Development Trust, and Construction Youth Trust, the aim of the course is to give participants hands-on experience of a range of construction trades. This is followed up with support and mentoring to help participants secure further training or employment.
Seventeen-year-old Jelani Rose starts his apprenticeship as an electrician with Hackney Homes in early September and Tashan Alexander will begin an apprenticeship in heating and ventilation. Khaya Anderson has also started an apprenticeship, with Reds10 at Woodberry Down. At a recent celebratory event participants were praised for their commitment and received a course certificate and complimentary toolkit in the presence of family and friends.
'I feel like I've learnt a lot! It's great to know the basics and get an overview of the industry. It's been really beneficial to learn all about health and safety as I now feel ready to take my CSCS test in a few weeks time which will allow me to work on site. My experience with Built2Work has been really useful and definitely helped to prepare me for my apprenticeship interview.'
Built2Work has been generously supported by Lakehouse, Mulalley, REDS10, Mansell and Berkeley Homes. Steve Rawlkings, CEO of Lakehouse comments:
'Lakehouse is proud to support the Built2Work scheme, which delivers construction training in Hackney - one of London's most deprived boroughs. Against a backdrop of unemployment and economic recession, it's time for businesses like ours to strengthen community cohesion and contribute to increased employment opportunities.'