Two training programmes aimed at getting more women and long-term unemployed people into careers in the construction industry are launching in Croydon later this month.
After receiving £400,000 from the Construction Industry Training Board, the council’s job brokerage service Croydon Works will run the two programmes giving those who sign up tailored-training and the chance to obtain paid work on some of the biggest construction sites in Croydon.
The programme for long-term unemployed people starts at 9am on 16 September at Croydon College and the programme specifically for women starts at 9am on 24 September at 12.30pm, also at Croydon College.
The construction industry is not just about working on site and plying a trade – it is made up of roles including quantity surveying, building surveying, project management, site management, architecture and health and safety. As well as full-time positions, apprenticeships are also available.
The training sessions will include CV workshops and interview preparation, and those completing the programme will be trained in level one health and safety. They will also receive a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which identifies the holder as someone who has had the required training to safely enter and move freely on a construction site. Course attendees will also have the chance to join construction associations that represent workers and offer additional training courses.
“This is a fantastic chance to get into an industry that is continuing to grow and will play an important part in the future of Croydon.
“This is a great opportunity to be part of something that could not only shape your own future, but the future of the borough as well.”
Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, cabinet member for economy and jobs