Collaborating with North Kent College to support students to remotely gain construction qualifications

26 Carpentry and Joinery and Painting and Decorating students from North Kent College are taking part in our innovative online Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS card course to complement their college learning by gaining industry recognised qualifications.

In the current COVID-19 climate, it is more important than ever to ensure young people are fully equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to make a successful transition from education to the working world. Working together, we are supporting North Kent College to ensure that their students have the best possible chance to achieve their career aspirations.

“We’d like to thank Construction Youth Trust, for giving our students the opportunity to start their careers on the best possible footing. Not only will our students gain their qualifications in carpentry or painting and decorating, but the Trust’s National Lottery funded programme gives them a Level 1 qualification in Health and Safety, and crucially their CSCS Card which allows them to start work on construction sites.

Ordinarily students would have to pay to sit their CSCS Card qualification and exam and at a time when 16-24 years old have been hit harder by Covid-19 than any other age group in terms of employment, this extra help from the Construction Youth Trust is invaluable for our young people.” 

Derek Rutherford, Curriculum Manager Construction Crafts

By delivering the course through a series of live interactive online webinars, we are able to overcome any restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that all young people have access to a comprehensive set of online learning resources. Alongside delivering the free course, generously funded by National Lottery Community Fund, we are also gifting students with the CITB CSCS revision app and will be arranging their CSCS card tests too.

Construction Youth Trust and the college will continue to work closely together to create a beneficial local network connecting students with industry employers through careers networking and employability sessions with the aim of ultimately supporting the young people to achieve their full career potential within their chosen professions.