Celebrations held for aspiring construction workers

Date: Wednesday 26 August 2015

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Young people from South Norfolk enjoyed a celebratory bash to mark their successful completion of a work experience course aimed at helping them forge careers in the construction industry.

We welcomed eight unemployed people aged between 16 and 25 to a number of our development sites around the region for two-week work placements as part of the ‘Get into Construction’ programme.

The course was hosted by youth charity The Prince’s Trust, funded by South Norfolk Council and run in partnership with local skills development charity the St Edmunds Society. The aim of the course was to provide opportunities for unemployed young people to gain intensive training and experience in the construction trade.

At the end of the programme, the participants got together to share their experiences and celebrate a job well done at a barbecue and presentation event which was held at the St Edmunds Society’s headquarters in Norwich.

Steve Rolt, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, says: “As one of East Anglia’s leading housebuilders it’s vital we do everything we can to encourage young people to choose careers in construction and give them all the support they need to be successful.

“We were only too pleased to participate in the Get into Construction programme, and were delighted at how well the candidates did during their work experience placements at our Middleton Park, Hampden View and Broadgate Park developments in Norwich and our Grosvenor Park development in Attleborough.

“We wish all the young people the very best for what I’m sure will be successful careers ahead and we hope to be able to work with them again in the future.”

During the Get into Construction programme, participants were given the chance to build their skills and confidence, get their CSCS card (a requirement for working in the construction industry), gain vital on-site experience and find out about a variety of careers from bricklaying to project management. 

Following the programme, The Prince’s Trust will also help the young people to boost their CV writing and interview skills, as well as providing mentoring support to help them access jobs and training opportunities in the construction industry.

Barry Pennock, Associate Production Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, adds: “I have been involved in this project from start to finish – including the initial selection process – and it’s been fantastic to see how well our candidates have progressed.

“When visiting site I’ve been able to see how much the young people have enjoyed their placements, and it’s been really rewarding to help them see the programme through to the end.

“Our candidates who completed the programme have all shown more than enough potential to convince me that they have bright futures ahead, and I congratulate them on a job well done.”