We have been working with a group of young people from the local area to regenerate a dirt track used as a short cut through Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield. The project is supported by Manchester City Council and Carillion Construction Services.
This project is a great opportunity for local unemployed young people to learn construction skills on a real project and not just in a classroom. The Practical Community Project involves subcontractor Murraywood working with the young people to dig out the dirt track and lay a new path for members of the public to use as an additional walkway. The path will provide a pleasant walk in between rows of mature trees and will be in keeping with that area of Platt Fields Park which is adjacent to the Shakespearean Gardens.
The participants have been learning brand new construction skills such as groundworking, setting out and ground work preparation, but have also received health and safety training and support to take their CSCS tests, a requirement to work on most construction sites. On completion of the course, each participant will receive an Open College Network accreditation.
Mike, an 18 year old trainee on the course who was not in employment or training before taking part now aims to pursue a career in groundwork since learning new skills and finding out about the different career paths in construction. He commented: “I have really enjoyed working on the project and it has been great to get some work experience. This will be something I can put on my CV and will hopefully help me to get a job.”
The project will be finished in early August. To find out more about us or this project in particular please contact Construction Youth Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “This project is a fantastic idea, simultaneously providing young people with an opportunity to find out what it’s like to work in the construction industry while also improving the park for everyone who uses it.
“By taking part in the Platt Fields Park work the young participants will gain real life skills and maybe even discover a vocation that could be with them for the rest of their lives.”
Joanne Reeves Community Regeneration Manager at Carillion Construction Services commented “This exciting project will provide technical skills and real work experience opportunity for the trainees involved in reconstructing the pathway, as well as creating community benefit in the form of enhanced access routes through a beautiful area of the park.
Over the coming weeks we will be following closely the progress of this project and very much look forward to seeing the results.”
Adeeb Ahsan North West Manager at the Trust also said “We are grateful to Carillion, Murraywood, and Manchester City Council in their support for this worthwhile project, which will enable a group of local young people to gain invaluable construction experience in the beautiful setting of Platt Fields Park. I hope the project will enable the trainees to gain the skills and inspiration they need to begin their careers in construction.”