York College is offering unemployed individuals interested in a career in construction the opportunity to attend a short construction pre-employment programme which includes:
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The six week Step Up into Construction project, aimed at the unemployed, offers a range of support for those who want careers in construction, as well apprenticeships and further training.
Sue Hirst, from York College’s Business Development Unit explains: “Visits to live construction sites are a valuable part of this programme and being able to see what construction is taking place in York is essential to inspire those who have shown a desire to work in the industry.”
The visit to the University of York’s Piazza site was led by IRV Construction, the main contractor on the three-storey learning centre development at the University's Campus East.
Open Doors Week is a national campaign highlighting the unique chance to go behind the scenes of major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales. Providing an opportunity for people to discover how buildings and structures in the community are constructed, and the chance to find out about the diverse range of skills and professions needed on site.
ESF and CITB funded Step Up into Construction students from York College visited Lendlease construction site on 11th January 2017 (Group 4) and on 19th October 2016 (Group 3). The groups were shown around the latest phase of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in the Hungate residential quarter located in York city centre. The groups were shown apartments at various stages of development and completion. It was explained to the group that the apartments are designed to be stylish and practical and each room designed to maximise space and create light filled interiors with a variety of complementary external finishes.
The Hungate regeneration scheme is being developed by the joint partnership of Lendlease and Evans Property Group. York College are extremely grateful to Lendlease’s Site Team for supporting York College and students on the Step up into Construction project.
ESF- and CITB-funded Step Up into Construction students from York College and their tutor Steve Scott visited Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands construction site on 19th October 2016. The group were shown around the new Lawrence Street Student Accommodation in York construction site. The Step Up into Construction project offers a range of support for individuals progressing into construction careers and apprenticeships as well as into further training and visits to live construction sites are a valuable part of the programme. York College are extremely grateful to Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands Construction for supporting the Step up into Construction project with such an invaluable experience.
Leeds City Council supported a ‘Brickwork Walk’ around historic buildings in Leeds showing Step up into Construction students traditional brick working skills, signs of brickwork deterioration and good and bad repair and restoration to brickwork.
Step up into Construction students complete a site visit to Simpsons (York) Ltd.’s Springfield Care Home building site at the former Terry’s Chocolate Factory offices.
Simpsons (York) Ltd support Step up into Construction students with a tetrahedron building activity as part of their ‘employer talk’ with the students.
Step up into Construction launched at York College as part of the Construction Business Breakfast in the College restaurant, Ashfields.
Employers and referral partners networked with all ten project delivery partners across the Leeds City Region.
The Step up into Construction project is funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and aims to support unemployed people into construction careers.
Step up into Construction at York College consist of initial Information Advice and Guidance and assessment for all participants followed by contextualised English and Maths sessions and the Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment qualification needed for the site safety CSCS card. The programme also includes practical training in basic construction skills across a number of construction trades, and whenever available construction site visits and work experience with local construction employers. Participants are also supported with job search, applications and interview preparation.
Chris Hull joined the Step up into Construction programme in April 2016. Chris is from York, he has a young family and felt it was time to get his career started. After leaving College before he had completed his full joinery qualification 10 years ago, Chris had been window cleaning for some years. Chris had been unemployed for 5 months before joining the Step up into Construction programme.
Whilst on the programme, Chris learnt basic brickwork skills including; cutting bricks to size with hand tools, brick walling using both English and Flemish bonds, simple joint finishes and constructing simple brickwork structures. Chris also had the chance to refresh his joinery skills; setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic wood working joints and frames.
Whilst on the programme, Chris had the opportunity to take part in a tetrahedron construction activity supported by Amanda Davidson, HR Advisor, and Denise Forster, Systems Co-ordinator, both from Simpson (York) Ltd who kindly came into York College to talk to the Step up into Construction students about the realities of working in the construction sector. This session gave some invaluable advice and guidance on searching effectively for employment in the construction industry, writing a winning curriculum vitae and interview techniques.
Along with the rest of his group, Chris visited Simpson construction site at The Chocolate Works – the former Terry’s Chocolate Factory, where Simpson are redeveloping the landmark heritage Grade 2 Listed Building in to apartments and a care village for Springfield Healthcare. Chris was very interested in the building work and restorations taking place, particularly the repair and restoration of the 180 wooden sash windows in the former offices.
Amanda Davidson, HR Advisor at Simpson was impressed with Chris’s enthusiasm and attitude, so much so that when he had completed the 6-week programme at the end of May 2016, he was offered the opportunity to complete two weeks work experience with the company. Chris completed joinery work experience on site at The Chocolate Works in York and has subsequently been offered a 12 month, full-time, Joinery position, with Simpson (York) Ltd acting as work placement/mentors, as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Re-Making Leeds’ project.
Chris’ next stage of experience was to complete a two day, Re-Making Leeds funded, ‘Repair and Maintenance of Sash Windows’ training programme. This involved learning and developing skills in restoring, renovating and replacing Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian sash windows and took place at Lotherton Hall in Leeds.
Having achieved his Level 2 Award in Heritage Construction, Chris has now moved onto studying for his Level 2 NVQ in Joinery.
Chris says: “This programme gave me the opportunity to re-assess my long term goals and look at ways to restart my career in the construction industry. As well as refreshing my construction craft skills, the programme has introduced me to employers within the industry and I am really pleased to have been supported into a full time opportunity by Simpsons York Ltd.”