get into construction with hmp berwyn

The Lendlease team on the HMP Berwyn project has partnered-up with The Princes Trust and DWP Jobcentre Plus to put together a three-week work experience programme for unemployed young people.

Aimed at men and women aged 19-24, the programme aims to provide experience in the construction industry.

Twelve young people were selected to start the programme back in February, of which 10 completed the course.

The 3-week programme included work tasters with trade contractors on site - such as Crown House, McCrory Brickwork, Adana Construction, CITB and The Wrexham Warehouse project.

The students also had a tour of the site, equality and diversity training and personal branding training.

In addition to this, the participants had the opportunity to take the CSCS card test - one of the most important qualifications in construction, which shows labourers have the skills and health and safety knowledge to work well in the trade.

Students were also able to undertake a 3-day dumper truck licence course funded through the DWP Jobcentre Plus.

The programme has been a huge success, with 6 job-offers being made and 4 job-offers in the pipeline for the remaining students.

A celebration event was held at the Learning & Ambition Academy on site. Students were awarded certificates for completing the course, and a film they recorded with individual 30-second pitches to employers was shown.

One employer even offered a job to participant Dave Roberts at the celebration event.

Simon Caron, Project Director, said:

“Having the Lendlease Learning & Ambition Academy on site enables young people to experience a real live project and meet real people working in construction.

"This also means they get to see first-hand the career opportunities available to them. I am really pleased with the outcomes of this programme - a 60% conversion rate to jobs is excellent.”

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