Butetown Mobile Classroom

The recent Budding Builders course delivered in Wales which ran from 11th August & ended on 3rd September 2015, focused on offering training in construction trades, mentoring and employability advice. The training was delivered via a community project that was part of a Willmott Dixon Team Challenge.  Community projects transform areas located in deprived communities or via mobile classrooms which will access beneficiaries directly to their areas.

The Budding Builders project consisted of learners completing a Level 1 Health & Safety Award to enable them to apply for a five year CSCS card once they had passed their CSCS test.  However as the Level 1 Health & Safety course involved a lot of paperwork the course was broken up to include practical construction skills as well.  Students learned mixed construction skills including carpentry joints, making planters and painting and decorating.  

The aim of the course was to tie in with a Willmott Dixon Team Challenge - a community project undertaken at the BEAT Centre in Butetown, Cardiff on the 14th August 2015.  The objective being that the young people on the course would assist Willmott Dixon employees with the community project. 

The course was a great success with four of the learners completing a Level 1 Award in Health & Safety.  These four learners Simon, Dave, Tudor and Joel have now sat and passed their CSCS Tests, with Tudor and Dave continuing to receive support with their CV’s & employability.

A highlight of the course was the Willmott Dixon Team Challenge, where Tudor and Simon worked independently putting planters together.  They demonstrated excellent carpentry and communication skills whilst working with Alex from Willmott Dixon. 

Another highlight was Thamsanqua and Dieudonne attending the course after the team challenge, and working with Simon and Tudor to put together a planter under the trellis in the community garden.  The four learners worked well together with Thamsanqua and Dieudonne picking up carpentry really well, and working independently with Simon & Tudor to build the planters. 

One of the students Dave said “the course was inspiring and I am looking forward to working in the construction industry”.  Dave has a young daughter and she is his inspiration he wants to be a better role model for her and he aspires to be a Site Technician. 

Construction Youth Trust will continue to monitor and support the learners form the Willmott Dixon Butetown course for up to two years.

If you would like more information on upcoming construction courses in Wales, please contact Jemma Bridgeman – jemma.bridgeman@constructionyouth.org.uk / 02920 813098