The Trust recently began a brand new Toolkit for Life programme in South West Hampshire working with young ex-offenders.
A group of young locals are taking part in an 8 week, Level 1 OCN accredited course, delivered by the Trust. The course takes place three days a week and covers Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating and Carpentry whilst helping prepare them for their CSCS health and safety test, and bring their CVs and interview skills up to scratch. There will also be a visit to a Wates construction site where the trainees will see the Centre of Marine Excellence for Lloyds and Southampton University which is currently being built. Here they will be able to chat to people working in the industry and gain an insight on what it is like to work on site.
The objective of the course is to prepare as many of the students as possible for job opportunities coming up in the Southampton area early in 2013. The Coordinator for the region has spoken to local Contractors which has helped shape the programme so that the trainees learn the skills required for future contracts. One young student learning bricklaying said:
“This is a great opportunity that doesn’t come very often and I am going to take full advantage of it and hopefully get a job.”
Apart from the considerable support from The Wheatsheaf Trust, we have also had help from Bam and Travis Perkins with materials and PPE, and from The Carillion Training Centre in preparing the workshop.
The course is run by Construction Youth Trust on behalf of The Wessex Resettlement Consortium of Hampshire County Council and The Wheatsheaf Trust. The Wheatsheaf Trust are also providing the course workshop facility.